A team of YWAM Medical Ships Australia & Papua New Guinea (YWAM MS) nurses, general volunteers, and local health workers are running mother and child health clinics in villages surrounding Mabuduwan in the South Fly District, Western Province over the next number of weeks.
The team is administering routine childhood immunisations, antenatal care, family planning, COVID-19 testing and vaccination services, HIV testing and counseling, and health education.
Screenings of a documentary, Beyond the Island, is also being made available to communities utilising a mobile theatre kit.
Beyond the Island is a documentary that shares the inspiring story of a mother’s battle with HIV. The film aims to help break the stigma and misconceptions around HIV and AIDS, while encouraging individuals to protect themselves and others from the disease.
The film has created a positive platform for questions and conversations, and has also provided further opportunity to highlight the HIV testing and counseling services that are available from YWAM’s mobile clinic.
The team plans to visit 12 villages surrounding Mabuduwan by the end of the month before heading to villages along the Bamu River.
The patrol has been planned in collaboration with the Western Provincial Health Authority with targeted support provided by the Australian-funded Accelerated Immunisation and Health System Strengthening (AIHSS) project, with key facilitation by World Vision PNG.