VBA Training Program – September 2019

  • September 19, 2019 at 5:00 am
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OUR CURRENT PROJECT – New Training workshops scheduled for September 2019

After the incredible success of our one week training program in April 2017  and October 2018 workshops helping to save the lives of women and babies, we are now working towards providing a second one week intensive care training program leaving Sydney 19th September 2019 on Kiriwina in basic and emergency skills in maternal and newborn health. Currently there are approximately 210 Village Birth Attendants  scattered around the Island of Kiriwina.  Of those, less than 5  have ever received any training in midwifery or basic and emergency health care services for women and their newborns that focuses on pregnancy, birth and the immediate postnatal period. Most of the Village Birth Attendants rely on handed down knowledge and firsthand on the job experience.

For our next training program in 2019 we will be focusing on furthering the training of the VBA’s. Our two midwives Shea Caplice and Jacqui Andrews have generously volunteered again (Yippee!) and will be assisted by Vanessa Palfreeman (Double Yippee!) and myself.

The World Health Organisation advocates for “skilled care at every birth”, and whilst the PNG government rolls out more formal education in midwifery elsewhere, Caring for Kiriwina has embarked on a program to deliver essential pregnancy and birth skills education for the Village Health Volunteers.

We are about to leave with two Australian registered midwife educators to travel to the island of Kiriwina in September 2019 to facilitate an education program at one of the main villages. The program will incorporate guidelines from the World Health Organisation Safe Childbirth initiative, and we anticipate that over 210 Village Birth Attendants (VBA’s) will be able to attend the five day course.

The two trainers will be accompanied by three Australian support staff to assist with monitoring the program and liaison with the local Caring for Kiriwina representatives. The midwife educators and the Caring for Kiriwina support staff are providing their services on a volunteer basis.

July 6th Report on Progress:

  • First 24 VBA’s Trainees

Kiriwina  islands is comprise of eight circuits and each circuit has 3 participants to attend the first two days training in September.

The following are the names of 24 participants for training the trainers:

Participants Circuit
1.       Helen V Kilivila 2
2.       Frances M Kilivila 2
3.       Respa Y Kilivila 2
4.       Edith K Kuboma
5.       Ruth J Kuboma
6.       Maria T Kuboma
7.       Edith T Fellows
8.       Hilda J Fellows
9.       Bessie S Fellows
10.   Anna I Kilivila 1
11.   Dorcas S Kilivila 1
12.   Margaret M Kilivila 1
13.   Joyce N Luba
14.   Emileen J Luba
15.   Jasinta L Luba
16.   Rosalita Simla
17.   Shirley M Simla
18.   Modi P Simla
19.   Rosemary D Kaileuna
20.   Julie P Kaileuna
21.   Batsheba J Kaileuna
22.   Ruth B Kula
23.   Makelesi Kula
24.   Ainoma Kula


The 24 participants will be hosted at Oyuvayova United Church. They will be accommodated with breakfast and dinner provided by Oyuvayova United Church which is about ten minutes walk to Kiriwina Lodge.

The rest of the VBA’s will meet at Oyabia United Church for the remaining days of the training until the concluding of the training program.

The Womens’ Fellowship Groups of Kavataria, Mulosaida and Oyabia-Orabesi will provide morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the VBA’s at Oyabia United Church.

The close up meal/feast will be provided by the three villages womens’ fellowship groups mentioned above.




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