The YWAM Training and Medical Ship, MV YWAM PNG, is en-route to Papua New Guinea for her next deployment.
The MV YWAM PNG has just completed a three-month maintenance/refit period in Townsville and Cairns. The works completed include the construction of a multipurpose lounge/training room, and increasing the onboard accommodation capacity from 116 berths to 130.
YWAM Medical Ships Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said he was delighted to see the MV YWAM PNG starting another deployment.
“The upgrades completed onboard the vessel over the last few months means that we have increased our capacity to do more in hundreds of remote villages.
“We closely align ourselves with the development priorities of the Government of PNG; our teams will be working alongside the PNG National Department of Health, Provincial Health Authorities and local health workers in order to achieve good outcomes together.
“There have been so many people who have generously given to help us reach this milestone, we have such gratitude in our hearts as the MV YWAM PNG makes her way to PNG’s shores,” said Mr Mulligan.
The MV YWAM PNG and her team of 130 volunteers will be serving in remote communities throughout the Southern region and Morobe Province for the next seven months in collaboration with national and provincial health authorities.
Field activities that will be delivered include immunisations, maternal health services, dentistry procedures, eye care, health promotion, tuberculosis screening, and in-service training for local health workers.
YWAM Medical Ships Patron for PNG, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, said he was looking forward to welcoming the MV YWAM PNG home.
“It always brings me great joy to see the MV YWAM PNG fulfilling the vision that so many people have set out to help achieve.
“The YWAM Medical Ships journey really has been a wonderful success story for PNG. I look forward to hearing the stories of lives that are touched over the coming months,” said Sir Rabbie.
After a week in Port Moresby, the MV YWAM PNG will begin her first outreach to Oro Province this weekend.
Since 2010, YWAM Medical Ships has delivered over 911,000 healthcare and training services, including direct care to over 176,000 patients in hundreds of remote villages valued at a conservative 86 million PGK.
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, Stanley Hotel and Suites, 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.