Strengthening government health services
Most of Oil Search’s operating locations in PNG are in rural and remote areas that can lack adequate public health care services and infrastructure, so since 1992, we have provided project area communities with support to access health services. More detail about our approach is on our website.
Working with PNG Provincial Health Authorities
During the year, OSF supported government health service delivery by strengthening partnerships with provincial health services in three project impact areas. By focusing on maternal and child health and addressing tuberculosis (TB), the Foundation increased its support for Provincial Health Authorities (PHAs) in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces.
Through the continued support of OSF, Hela Provincial Hospital is in the top three of the highest-performing health facilities in PNG. In 2018, we supported the Foundation with a US$6.1 million contribution to assist them in supporting the PHA's financial management functions, providing funding for doctors’ salaries, managing the Hospital’s infrastructure upgrades, providing medical equipment and suppling mentors for public health and clinical governance. OSF is using this model to provide support to Southern Highlands Province which currently experiences some of the poorest health indicators in PNG.
In September 2018, OSF supported the opening by the Southern Highlands PHA of a “waiting village” for pregnant women, located next to one of the best-performing rural hospitals. The village enables women from very remote parts of the Highlands to temporarily reside closer to the hospital in the lead up to birth, increasing the number of women having supervised and safe deliveries.
In Gulf Province, OSF worked with the Southern Highlands and Gulf Provincial Health teams to improve diagnostics for TB, with the aim of increasing treatment completion rates. This will reduce the risk of drug-resistant TB as well as the number of resulting deaths.
Wok Bung Wantaim
In May, OSF partnered with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the PNG Government and other donors on Wok Bung Wantaim (“Working in Partnership”) — a new strategy for working collaboratively on public and community health in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces.
This strategy has four components:
- Improved coordination and planning between the PNG Government and donors regarding health funding.
- More effective financing at a provincial level.
- Fostering partnerships and alternative service delivery models.
- Engaging with communities on stronger accountability for service delivery and use of public funds.
Wok Bung Wantaim is a working example of the shared value that comes from PPPs. Its success relies on a combination of Oil Search needing a stable and secure operating environment, communities wishing to realise benefits from resource projects, and the PNG Government wanting to provide better services to communities.
Providing on-site health care
The Oil Search Medical and Occupational Health Service (MOHS) consists of multiple on-site clinics and medical resources across our operations. Through the MOHS, we provide health care services for our workforce and local communities. During 2018, Oil Search’s MOHS:
- Treated more than 21,800 patients at its clinics in PNG and Australia.
- Assisted with 58 medical evacuations of community members and 25 members of the workforce.
The MOHS team continues to support the work of OSF by providing clinical specialists at Hela Provincial Hospital to support day-to-day decision-making and help staff improve their clinical competence.
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