Due to shortage of basic drugs and other medical items the only health Centre on an Island of over 55,000 people, Losuia Health Centre, has closed to all but the most life threatening cases, it is currently closed for out patients.
The people of Kiriwina are in a serious health threatening situation if Health Authorities and local MP do not address the issue.
Please donate or contact us if you have any supplies you wish to donate:
Thanks to Postman Andy, another 150 birthing kits, donated prescription glasses and sunglasses have started their long journey to Kiriwina. Unfortunately, the lifesaving airstrip created by the ANZACs in WW2 has fallen into disrepair, only small charter planes can land and there is no other transport to this remote Island other than a two-day boat ride :0. Could the authorities please look into repairing this essential airstrip as an urgent priority!!!
Three boxes should be arriving in Port Moresby any day now.
This delivery contains two boxes of the fabulous knitting/hand sewn gorgeous little girls dresses donated by the beautiful Belrose Knitters and Lovely Ladies from St. Ives. Also included in this delivery: Panadol for the health care workers and pencils/and readers (Pictured) for the schools.
Thank you again to all our wonderful sponsors and donors for making this all possible.
Thank you again UNSW’s Dr Sophia Lin and Associate Professor Holly Seale other helpers from the School of Population Health Faculty of Medicine & Health for such as successful 2022 Gateway packing event.
Here is the photo of our latest delivery of Basic drugs especially pain killers continue to b donated to Janson Toposona (pictured). A former Health Extension Officer and retired public servant with the Health Department. Janson operates a dispensary clinic and helps a lot of sick people with his experience and expertise. He is an expert in acupuncture and CFK has provided him with hundreds of acupuncture needles. He uses them to assist many people to recover from pain and disease.
There is an immediate need for used prescription reading glasseson Kiriwina. Many people have vision issues with no means of obtaining prescription glasses.
We would like to thank our wonderful regular supporter Leonie, for her latest generous donation of reading glasses to Kiriwina. Leonie is uniquely aware of the needs of the Kiriwinan people as she lived on Oyabia station from the late 60’s early 70’s, with her school teacher husband Ian.
Thank you Leonie, your generous donation will be a great relief to the Kiriwinans.
Please send all donations of prescription glasses to:
Balgowlah Parcel Locker
Jodi Lawton c/o Caring for Kiriwina Parcel Locker 10243 16847 197-215 Condamine Street Balgowlah NSW 2093
Here are excerpts from the letter we sent to our newly appointed Foreign Minister over the weekend. Let’s get this quality aid intervention reinstated as a priority!!!
In 2018 CFK received an Australian Government Friendship Grant which funded our delivery of several midwifery education sessions on Kiriwina for the local VBAs. This was undertaken by two wonderful midwife educators from the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick NSW (for details see this link: https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/nsw_-_caring_for_kiriwina.png.) Our experience and feedback from these short and intensive sessions highlighted the importance of ongoing training and education for the VBA volunteers whose work in the community is literally lifesaving.
Unfortunately, COVID put a hold on the Friendship Grants and therefore the continuing of these in-country training activities over the last few years. While CFK continues its core commitment to the Kiriwina people, we are extremely aware of the critical need of trained and educated personnel overseeing midwifery and birthing support both at the local Health Clinic and in the community.
We ask if DFAT is proposing to reinstate the Friendship Grants scheme. It was an excellent mechanism for providing important aid to our closest neighbour, amongst others. Small and focused charities such as ours are well placed to provide quality overseas aid at a grass roots level to vulnerable communities, and the reinstatement of such a scheme would greatly improve the health and well being of some of our poorest neighbours, not to mention be a great thing for our countries as well.
Due to the increase in pregnancies more birth registration booklets have been requested.
Why birth and death registration really are “vital” statistics for development.
In developed societies we take it for granted that all children are registered at birth and that all people are registered when they die with a medically assigned cause of death. We hardly think about birth and death registration because we rarely are the initiators; it is usually the institution where the birth takes place that registers the baby, and the undertaker who registers a death. Our involvement is typically limited to choosing a name for the child and signing the registration papers.
In most developing countries including PNG, however, there is no reliable system as many births do not happen through the official Health Care Centers but happen in the villages, away from any official recording mechanisms. This in part explains why so many births and deaths go unrecorded.
Due to our the growth of our successful CFK Village Birth Attendants network we can help fill this gap by supplying Birth Registration Booklets which are vital for planning. Without knowing the size and composition of the local population, how can local authorities and charity groups decide how much – and what type of essential services to provide?
Only about 65% of all births are registered globally and only about one third of the world’s 55 million annual deaths are recorded through civil registration1, and up to 80 percent of deaths that occur outside of health facilities are not counted. UNDP (2015).
The people of Kiriwina are really grateful and thankful and appreciates CFK for the services provided to them. Kirwina people also convey their inner most feelings of gratitude and appreciation to the donors all over the world. Thank you very much.