Oil Search Foundation

Women empowered to influence change

In a transformational journey to develop capability, two women from Hela and Southern Highlands recently completed a 6-month leadership and management course aimed at enhancing their leadership and management skills in their workplaces and communities. 

Rebecca Puruma, Koroba-Kopiago District Health Manager at the Hela Provincial Health Authority; and Sr. Pauline Rex, Officer in Charge of Maternal Child Health Clinic at Pimaga Rural Hospital, began their journey into becoming empowering leaders in May of this year. 

Rebuilding health infrastructure in Hela

Member for Koroba-Lake Kopiago and Minister for Immigration & Border Security, Petrus Thomas, presented a cheque of K200,000 of district funding to support rehabilitation works at the Koroba District Hospital.

This was at an event on Friday 7 September in Port Moresby, also attended by Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis and Oil Search Foundation Executive Director Stephanie Copus-Campbell.

Over 300 Mt Bosavi children vaccinated

This was part of Oil Search Foundation’s (OSF) ongoing post-earthquake relief operations in the Southern Highlands Province in June.

The OSF-led team comprised of a doctor, a midwife, a family planning officer from Marie Stopes (PNG) and two field health officers.

Closure of the only health facility for the community, the Muluma aid post, several years ago has made access to health services a challenge.

Immunising children in quake affected areas

Last week health and community affairs teams travelled to communities in the Bosavi and Kutubu areas, immunising over 500 children and providing critical mobile health services to those devastated by the earthquake.

Children embrace learning at Literacy Library

Six months after the first Literacy Library opened in Tari, the librarians can hardly contain their excitement as they proudly note the achievements and behavioural changes among Hela’s pioneering cohort of literacy babies.

The Oil Search Foundation (OSF) visits the library on a regular basis to support the staff to ensure a quality program is maintained.

On a recent visit, OSF Gender Officer, Oksie Kunapa, found that the library staff are impressed with the changes taking place with the children.

Remote villages get access to health awareness

The awareness was on family planning, Tuberculosis (TB) and the dangers of illegal drugs, alcohol abuse and violence.

The Oil Search Foundation (OSF) working with Maries Stopes and the Pimaga District Hospital staff organised a two-day health patrol last month that delivered health services and awareness to the schools and communities.

The eight-person team provided immunisation for children, general outpatient screening, antenatal clinics for pregnant mothers, family planning services, HIV testing and distributed treated Mosquito nets.

Vaccine fridges to boost immunisation in Hela

Earlier this week, OSF handed over 11 vaccine fridges, 22 vaccine cool boxes, 44 vaccine carriers and 11 solar generators with panels to HPHA Chief Executive, Dr Gunzee Gawin and his staff at the Hela Provincial Hospital.

OSF provides programs for women in four provinces

Working closely through government systems and with partners, services provided in the areas of health, gender and early childhood literacy and education are detailed in the Foundation's 2016 Annual Report titled “Partnerships in Action” that was released this week.

Mother saved by medical outreach team

Her rescue came from an outreach patrol team, comprising workers from the Oil Search Foundation, Waro Health Facility and Marie Stopes.

The team was conducting a three-day clinic on immunization, family planning awareness and basic health service delivery to the remote Fogomaiyu community, made up of four villages.

Two days into the patrol, they received word of the young mother who had undergone an unsupervised delivery along a track while on her way to the clinic.

She was weak, bleeding and in a state of shock.

Taking TB awareness to communities in the City

Individual Foundation and Kaugere clinical staff talked on general TB awareness and risks, protection and prevention, treatment and care, medication adherence, drug resistance, and importantly, stigma and discrimination associated with TB.

The Foundation’s Senior Accountant Ivy Frank, who is a long-time resident of Gabutu took the lead in organizing the event with Kaugere Clinic staff, local church leaders and the surrounding community.