The Hiri Koiari District Development Authority and YWAM Medical Ships – Australia & Papua New Guinea (YWAM MS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week at the YWAM MS Port Moresby Campus.
The MOU outlines a mutual desire to work together for the development of the Hiri Koiari District, Central Province, including strengthening healthcare delivery, providing capacity building opportunities for local health workers, and delivering youth engagement initiatives.
Member for Hiri Koiari Open Electorate, Honourable Keith Iduhu, said he was pleased to be signing the MOU on behalf of the district this week.
“YWAM MS has had a strong track record in Papua New Guinea for over 12 years – I’m delighted to see this expanding in Hiri Koiari.
“The project activities will closely align with our five-year development plan, we will work together to help address health priorities in the district, and develop young people holistically in their character, knowledge, skills and faith – helping to engage them in nation building.
“A number of young people from our district have already engaged in YWAM programs – including volunteering on the YWAM Medical Ship and a range of training opportunities. I’ve personally seen the impact this has had on their lives, and look forward to seeing more young people have the opportunity to engage in a greater way,” said Mr Iduhu.
Teams of healthcare professionals, youth work volunteers, and other key partners will be visiting communities in Hiri Koiari via two new patrol boats that are housed at the YWAM MS Port Moresby Campus.
YWAM MS Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said he is encouraged by the relationship that is forming between YWAM MS and Hiri Koiari District.
“It is always a joy to work alongside like-minded people. We are grateful for Mr Iduhu’s strong vision and leadership that has helped us reach this important milestone.
“We look forward to what’s ahead as we continue to work together to build healthy lives, families, and communities for a healthy nation,” said Mr Mulligan.
A pilot outreach in Hiri Koiari District is planned for the end of next month, working in collaboration with the Hiri Koiari District Development Authority, Central Provincial Health Authority, and other key stakeholders currently engaged in the district.
YWAM MS is a Christian charity that has been serving in Papua New Guinea for the past 12 years with medical ships and land-based teams. YWAM MS recently established a campus in Port Moresby that serves as a hub for training and outreach in the National Capital District, and across PNG. Outreach initiatives include mother and child health patrols in Western Province, a school dental program in Port Moresby, high school seminars focused on character development and wellbeing, literacy support in primary schools, and deploying healthcare and youth engagement teams to Central Province via patrol boats.