This is a great blow as many people rely upon this essential service. Our in-country manager is loaded up with numerous life saving donations and ready to fly over to deliver and report. The boat trip to Kiriwina from Alotau is long and extremely treacherous.
Please get this essential service back in the air!!!
Some of our incredible VBA leaders need to be recognised for their tireless and selfless work. Recently widowed head VBA, Dulcie Toposoma has been an incredibly wonderful friend to the Lawton family over the 65 years we have been working side by side with the Kiriwinan community. Here pictured with a slightly miserable baby of the week. We really miss Nelson and love you Dulcie!!!
We are forever grateful to you Dulcie, Thank you!!!
We are thrilled to announce that after a COVID enforced two year break, UNSW Population Health in the Faculty of Medicine & Health is again supporting Caring for Kiriwina by packing hundreds of life saving birthing kits on their UNSW Gateway Winter Program’s on-campus Experience Day run on the 6th July.
Featured photo: Losuia Health Centre nurse Linnesse (centre) photographed with our brilliant midwife educators, Jacqui Andrews (left) Shea Caplice (right). CFK and the Kiriwinan’s will be forever grateful for their servant hearted generosity of spirit. This photo was taken during our 2019 training trip.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank one of the trained midwives at Losuia HC, Bokawau who has now retired (left, next to Linnesse). During her time at the Losuia HC, Bokawau was a trusted leader with the VBAs and the community, providing valuable knowledge and experience to the VBAs, as well as encouraging mothers to give birth at the Losuia HC instead of their villages. Her retirement is a loss to the community in the area of womens’ and babies’ health that is constantly in need of support.
Above: Losuia Health Centre nurses Raymond and Linnesse. Happy International Nurses Day. Thank you for all the work you do.
Basic drugs especially pain killers have been donated to Janson Toposona (pictured) over the years. 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.
Yesterday we remembered those ANZACs who served in partnership with the Kirwinan people in WW2.
Thank you Diggers for building the Losuia airport strip, the most vital piece of infrastructure on Kiriwina, still in use today. Damage to this amazing piece of critical infrastructure over the past few years makes it relatively impossible to reach the Island unless you are prepared risk your life on a two day, potentially death defying sea journey. Please look after this amazing legacy!!! Photos courtesy of the Australian War Memorial @DFAT, #DFAT @FriendshipGrants,#LestWeForget #AnzacDay