The YWAM Training and Medical Ship, MV YWAM PNG, will begin a two-week patrol to Oro Province this weekend, in partnership with the Oro Provincial Government.
In collaboration with the Oro provincial health team, the MV YWAM PNG and her team of 120 volunteers from 13 nations will serve communities throughout the Ijivitari District.
Oro Province Governor, Honourable Gary Juffa, said that the provincial administration were proud supporters of YWAM Medical Ships’ work in the province.
“We’ve established a wonderful relationship with YWAM Medical Ships – first with their land-based teams and now with their medical ship, MV YWAM PNG.
“Our health workers always love working alongside YWAM’s team of passionate, dedicated volunteers. Together the teams have been able to achieve excellent outcomes for our people,” said Governor Juffa.
Since 2013, YWAM and the Oro Provincial Government have delivered over 93,900 healthcare and training services in Oro Province, including direct care to over 18,600 patients valued at a very conservative estimate of 4 million PGK.
One of those patients includes 17 year-old boy, Bray, who had his sight restored following a successful cataract surgery aboard the MV YWAM PNG last year.
YWAM Medical Ships Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said that Bray’s story held a special place in his heart.
“It was quite touching to witness Bray first walk aboard the MV YWAM PNG blind, then return the next day with his sight restored.
“Our team met up with Bray earlier this year and were delighted to see him paddling in his canoe, climbing trees, and enrolled back in school.
“Bray’s story is a beautiful example of what can be achieved through partnerships – our work in Oro really has been a collaborative effort with the National Government, the Oro provincial administration and many other partners. We are looking forward to this upcoming patrol,” said Mr Mulligan.
Field activities that will be delivered during the patrol include immunisations, maternal health services, dentistry procedures, eye care, health promotion, tuberculosis and HIV screening, and in-service training for local health workers.
Supporters of YWAM Medical Ships work in PNG include: PNG National Government, Puma Energy, Australian Aid, Henry Schein Halas, Steamships Trading Company, Network Communications, Morobe, Gulf, Western, Central, Oro and Milne Bay Provincial Governments, Lions Recycle for Sight, Port of Townsville, New Britain Palm Oil, Manolos Aviation, AkzoNobel, Gearbox Solutions, National Fisheries Authority PNG, PNG Ports Corporation, Sohe District Development Authority, Kiriwina-Goodenough District Development Authority, 1300SMILES, Honeycombes Property Development Group, Parkside Group, Haymans, Townsville City Council, Ela Motors, Ports North, Luminell, Northern Management Group, Lancini Property & Development, Mitsubishi Electric, Coutts Redington, Medical Dental Solutions, Pacific Islands International, Pro-Ma Systems, Pacific Marine Group, , Universal Cranes, Rotarians Against Malaria, Townsville Bulletin, Alcon, Mun Global, Sentry Medical, Hu-Friedy, Climatrol Air Conditioning, Alphapharm, GE Healthcare, BuzzOff, NQ Cowboys, Wilson Ryan Grose Lawyers, PwC, Trukai, and FileMaker.