Monday, 31 October, 2016 –Kundiawa, Simbu Province||Simbu Children Foundation, responsible for raising funds and taking care of less fortunate Simbu children with debilitating illnesses, have received an ambulance from Digicel PNG Foundation.
Sharing similar focuses, the Mobile Health clinic was funded and gifted by Digicel PNG Foundation, who are committed to providing access to basic health in rural and remote communities through the provision of Mobile Health Clinics and Rural Health Aid-Post.
Digicel PNG Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Beatrice Mahuru said providing health care services in rural PNG as difficult as it is, it is made all the more challenging when the population of an area doubles and trebles and also as a result of a natural disasters, weather effects, landslides and other natural factors.
Ms. Mahuru said with much of the country’s population living in rural areas, it is even more harder for access to proper health services by such people especially if they are diagnosed with life threatening illnesses and acknowledged the work of Simbu Children’s Foundation who are giving these children a better chance to survive ailments especially that related to delicate organs such as the heart.
“We are very glad to give this ambulance to Simbu Children’s Foundation to assist them in the great work they are doing and expand their reach in the effort to give unfortunate children a second chance in life,” Ms. Mahuru said.
Founder and Executive Officer of Simbu Children’s Foundation, Jimmy Drekore, in receiving the ambulance, thanked Digicel PNG Foundation for all the timely gift and said the ambulance will add great value to the work they had already been doing for the past 12 years.
“With the ambulance at hand, we will now be able to carry awareness and outreach programs and allow us to travel the length and breadth of Simbu Province, to do medical test on children so that their illnesses are found at early stages for better management,” Mr. Drekore said emotionally.
The Ambulance come at a costs of K197, 000 which is a fully-kitted, transformed Toyota Landcruiser, best suited to deliver health services in the rugged terrains of PNG. The MHC come with a removable stretcher, oxygen gas cylinder, mini secured cupboards for medicines and tools, portable tap and sink, defibrillator, fire extinguisher, drip kit, and other necessary medical equipment.
Ms. Mahuru thanked Ela Motors for their partnership in the rollout of these health projects by providing a discount to the vehicle, playing a big part in getting much needed services provided to rural Papua New Guinea for the betterment of our people.
“We have funded and delivered 26 MHCs to various church, government, and non-government partners to enhance health outreach programs in the rural and remote areas.”
To date Digicel PNG Foundation has funded 502 classrooms and 20 libraries, 26 Mobile Health Clinics, 6 rural Health Aid Posts, 3 Women’s Resource Centres, co-funded 5 Family Support Centres in partnership with UNICEF and NDoH. We have graduated 261 grassroots community based teachers in early childhood development and learning and over 20,000 men and women are now equipped with basic business skills.
Over 900 people with special needs, together with their families and communities have been impacted positively by the Community Based Rehabilitation Program; and the Men of Honour Awards – a campaign against violence in PNG, is the latest to the Foundation’s development portfolio. So far, we have 10 winners, 30 finalists and 162 nominations. Digicel PNG Foundation appreciates that change is not going to happen overnight, but it will happen.
Established in October 2008, Digicel PNG Foundation has directly invested K55 million in PNG’s rural, remote and socially marginalized communities across all 22 provinces directly impacting over 500,000 people.