Condition 190613:
The doctors can not do anymore. The bones can not join together and the flesh has grown in between the broken bones.

She is now on crutches and training herself to walk. She will be discharge from the hospital this Friday and fund her own way to Kiriwina.

CFK will assist Ruth to travel by plane to Kiriwina with her sister who accompany her to Alotau. Travelling by sea would be very difficult and inconvenience for Ruth.

She mention she still feels the pain from the legs, however, is trying her best cope. She will return in September to Alotau for review and if the leg does not improve, she will have her legs amputated.

Condition update 190527:

Toks contacted Ruth this morning and she informed him that the doctor on ward round this morning removed the plastic water bottles and elastic plaster from her leg due to swallon leg up to her knee. She will be informed for an x-ray sometimes this week. In the meantime she is on pain killer tablets awaiting for an x-ray.

Condition update 190524:

CFK’s in-country head spoke to Ruth yesterday and he reports that:

‘the plastic that was inserted into her leg was removed and nothing was inserted however only elastic plaster was tied around her leg. Two bottles tied to hold her legs or cause her bones to rejoin. She feels a bit better now than last week.’

Thanks to our sponsors and donors CFK has sent some funds to Ruth in Alotau to assist her. We have bought her a phone and balance of money will be used to assist her while in hospital.

‘She can sit up but not able to sit straight. The doctor that provided medical assistance to her is surgical doctors for bones and major cuts. His name is Dr James. She is given a month to stay in hospital for doctors to examine her before next cause of action is determined.’

reported Toks Bwaina

Below: Photos of Ruth in Hospital yesterday. Isn’t it wonderful when the internet connection is working.

Ruth is one of our VBA’s who feel victim of the strong wings. A mango branch fell on her resulting in broken left leg. She had to endure a horrendous sea voyage to get to a hospital. They make their women tough on Kiriwina. Seen here in Alotau General Hospital undergoing surgery and where she is still recovering – thanks Wendy Stein for sharing this photo. We wish Ruth a speedy recovery. The CFK Team x

Main Photo from Wendy Stein at Kula Babies Rotary, thank you for sharing on FB.
Above photo of Ruth attending the 2017 VBA Training program.

Continuing sad news received on Ruth’s condition. Our In-country manager who visited her in Alotau Hospital this morning.

She has a broken leg (big bone holding her hip and legs together). She has already undergone two operations with an insertion of metals and screws into her leg (first operation) and is not working. They have inserted plastic materials (2nd operation) to see if it can hold the bones together for another month.

She can not sit, walk or be in a wheel chair. She is just lying on her hospital bed. If the plastics can not hold her bone, the last option is to amputate her leg.

She seemed to be in a very critical condition.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ruth and her family.

Thank you DFAT and the Friendship Grants team Lorraine, Kate, Gus and Helen … and now to start organising our VBA training for 2019. Yay!

Thanks Shea and Doug for joining me for the two day intensive workshops.@dfat.gov.au #FriendshipGrant#AustralianAid#AusSDGs @AusHumanitarian

In an attempt to combat the rubbish issues on the Island we have started to include washable, reusable menstrual pads into the birthing kits (disposable pads only add to the rubbish problems on the Island).

One of the most effective ways we have to protect ourselves and others from illness is good personal hygiene and CFK focuses on training the VBA’s in these techniques.

This box contains birthing kits, lanterns, batteries for lanterns and headlamps, muslin wraps, acupuncture needles (for the experienced acupuncturist on the Island), Panamax and infant Panadol handed personally from CFK to the medical staff at Losuia Health Care Centre. Still no medicines on the Island 🙁 .


Another box of VBA supplies on their way to Kiriwina thanks to our wonderful Birthing Kit packers, Diana and Kylie Adams and all our fabulous donors. Thank you from the Caring for Kiriwina Team.

Photos of our head VBA’s, representing each circuit on Kiriwina, meeting on Saturday 22 Dec 2018 at Kavataria Village.

We have just been informed that the headlamps have finally been released by Customs without extra fees being charged and will shortly be winging their way to Kiriwina. Yay!

Sadly the internet connection is down again and the Losuia Health Centre, and the entire Island is still without a doctor and also now without of basic drugs with the sick people being told to return to their villages.

You too could own one of these limited edition CD case desk calendars, simply click on the link below and head to our shop. For only $35 we can Australia Post a copy to you asap. All proceeds go towards our Caring for Kiriwina vital projects.

The calendar case size is a very functional 95mm square, it does not take up too much space on your desk. You don’t have to keep opening relevant screens on your computer and devices, all the information is always in view. Sometimes old school works best!

Our In-Country Manager will be flying over from Alotau to Kiriwina towards the end of December with boxes and boxes of essential items. The x 74 headlamps were mailed yesterday and x 50 Birthing Kits including underpants and additional fabric/ reusable/washable menstrual pads have been sent to replace the disposable pads normally used. Rubbish is a massive problem on Kiriwina and hopefully this will help reduce the amount of rubbish on the Island.

Box of head lamps
Birthing Kits, underpants and reusable Menstrual pads