Oil Search Foundation (OSF)

Women’s program enables great progress in career

For Sister Anne Aku, a nurse in Hela Province, it not only was care for patients she provided. Her compassion extended to her fellow nursing colleagues.

Sr Aku has served the people of Hela as a nursing officer for 28 years. Completing Grade 10 from the then Tari High School and later obtaining a certificate in General Nursing from Goroka School of Nursing in 1992, she worked tirelessly to serve Wabia Health Centre, a facility run by the United Church Health Services.

Science equipment for Tari secondary

Oil Search and the Oil Search Foundation (OSF) continue to support such learning opportunities and careers in STEM through a recent donation of scientific equipment to Tari Secondary School. The donation, which will benefit grade 9 to 12 students, included microscopes, test tubes, human body models, laboratory coats and many more resources.

Christine Kasou, Oil Search Vice President – People and Culture, said the provision of STEM materials to selected secondary schools is an initiative of Oil Search aimed at supporting practical classes in STEM.

OSF’s response to COVID-19

Oil Search Foundation (OSF), like many other development partners, has undertaken extra measures to help with the COVID-19 response. 

Through its close partnerships with the Provincial Heath Authorities (PHA) in Hela, Southern Highlands and Gulf, the Foundation is supporting COVID-19 planning, the procurement of supplies and is providing extra clinical support.

Building tomorrow’s leaders today

Twenty-five recipients spread across six tertiary institutions across PNG will use new leadership skills to pursue careers in business, education and health.

These students recently graduated from a course in leadership training run by the local youth development organisation, The Voice Inc. Building leadership skills is a defining component of OSF Scholarship Program and the Australian government’s PNG Partnership Fund (PPF) that is supporting scholarships in Hela Province through OSF.

GeneXpert machine donated to health authority

The new GeneXpert machine will enable immediate testing and diagnosis of patients with suspected TB.

PNG has a high incidence of TB and the threat of drug resistant strains challenges an already stretched health system.  With OSF’s donation of the GeneXpert, the HPHA staff are now able to detect TB cases in just two hours and start treatment immediately.

Dr Anthony Wal, Director of Clinical Services, said previously the HPHA had to wait for Port Moresby to send back test results which could take many weeks, especially with the difficultly in transport to Hela. 

Koroba District Hospital to be rehabilitated

Work will be done over the next twelve months.

The agreement is another step in the direction to improving health indicators in Hela Province through the new co-funded public private partnership launched recently between the Government of PNG, Australian Government and OSF called ‘Wok Bung Wantaim’.

KDDA made a commitment of K200,000 towards refurbishment, specifically to address earthquake related damage.

OSF will work closely with the Hela Provincial Health Authority (HPHA) to manage the project on behalf of KDDA and in partnership with Australia and others.

Restoration packs for quake-impacted areas

The packs, which contain digging and cutting tools, crop seeds and water storage equipment, were funded by the Brian Bell Group and proceeds from an earthquake response sale held in April this year.

Oil Search Foundation assisted Brian Bell coordinate the distribution using Oil Search logistics capabilities. Helicopters helped to deliver packs to remote communities not linked by roads.

An OSF manager overseeing the distribution, Jenny Alpa, said communities were appreciative of the gift from the Brian Bell Group.

OSF executive appointed to Global Fund committee

Based on merit and experience, her selection provides an opportunity for Papua New Guinea to contribute to accelerating the end of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics in the world.

The Strategy Committee is one of three GF Board Committees. Its purpose is to provide oversight of GF strategic direction, and ensure optimal impact and performance of GF investments in health.

Ms Ingrid Glastonbury was pleased that the appointment positioned her to share PNG and WPR perspectives to address global health issues.

​Heart Dr positively impacts Hela children

Paediatric Cardiologist Dr Cornelia Kilalang accepted the invitation to review children with suspected heart problems and other sicknesses earlier this month. Her trip was made possible by the Oil Search Foundation (OSF), working closely with the Hela Provincial Health Authority (HPHA) and other partners.

Spreading the joy in children's ward

The library is equipped with over 250 books for children. The books are varied from board/picture books for 3- 6 year old children, to junior novels, general readers and reference and non-fiction books.

All of the books were donated by Oil Search employees during a 2016 book drive as well as from partner organisation, Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP).

Oil Search Foundation (OSF) executive director, Stephanie Copus-Campbell, saw the need for a library in the Children’s Ward to give young patients an opportunity to read and explore the fun of storytelling through books.