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Mission in Madang

Madang is located on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The project was carried out in the Modilon General Hospital, which is the only hospital for the whole province and takes cares of approximately 500 thousand patients every year. Approximately 1,5 million inhabitants live across the province, and patients from different parts of the country come to the hospital as well.

There are following wards in the hospital: internal, surgical, orthopaedic, gynaecological, obstetric, and paediatric. On each of the wards works at least one medical specialist, yet the number of patients received in the hospital is great and staff is always shorthanded. As of this year Jerzy Kuźma is the only surgeon and orthopaedist available in the whole province.

The population inhabiting this area is poor and uneducated, they are mainly engaged in cultivation of coconuts and oil production. The most common health problems of Madang inhabitants are AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, meningitis, diarrhoea, and personal injuries. Unfortunately, due to inadequate health care many of the curable diseases are fatal in the local conditions. Due to lack of money many patients do not arrive at hospital at all or they arrive extremely late and then it is not always possible to help them. Additionally, doctors from the hospital work in health centres in the bush as well, where they provide emergency medical assistance to those who can’t get to the hospital.

Mission in Madang

Activities conducted during the project were an answer to the needs of the hospital and were aimed at assisting the local populations, improvement of their life quality, access to health care, improving health awareness. As a part of the project we sent two volunteers, medical students, to the Centre in Madang for 3 months –  July until October. During their stay the volunteers conducted following activities:

  1. Working in doctor’s office.
  2. Keeping medical records.
  3. Conducting vaccination campaigns for children in the hospital, in the centre in the bush, and in the field.
  4. Working on nosocomial diseases study in hospital in Modilon.
  5. Educational activities, meetings on the subject of hygiene and health prophylaxis for medical staff and patients.
  6. Collecting photographic documentation on the conducted activities. Collecting scientific data.
  7. Carrying out the educational initiative, organising 4 meetings for the sympathisers of the Foundation. Foundation had also issued a bulletin Report, which included the report of the volunteers about the executed project. The report was sent out to those interest in the activities of the foundation and distributed during the meetings conducted by our volunteers.

Mission in Madang

In the time period between July 18th and December 31st Humanitarian Aid Foundation Redemptoris Missio in cooperation with Divine Word University in Madang executed a project aimed at improving health care standards and broaden the access to universal health care. The volunteers of mission spent time in Madang from July 21st until October 20th 2015. The project reached directly to approximately 700 patients in ages of 0 to 70 years.

The project referred directly to Millennium Development Goals:

MDG 4: Reduce child mortality by reducing the mortality rate among children under 5 years of age by two thirds.

MDG 5: Improve maternal health care by reducing maternal mortality rate by three quarters.

MDG 6: Limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.

The aforementioned goals were achieved through:

  1. Work in Modilion General Hospital. The volunteers worked on hospital’s wards and in the Admissions Room. They received approximately 10 patients daily in Temporary Aid, where they mainly dealt with procedures in the range of small surgery: stitching wounds, drainage of abscesses,  puncture of pleura and peritoneum, excision of minor lesions i.e. lumps, debridement, tendons repair, general internist and gynaecological examinations, cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Whereas on different wards they dealt with the following cases: gynaecology and obstetrics – delivering babies, assisting with surgeries, performing vasectomy and tubal ligation, neonatal care, vaccinating infants, caesarean sections. On the orthopaedic ward – assisting with surgeries, applying orthopaedic equipment (casts), tendons repair, skin transplants, debridement, applying orthopaedic tractions, immediate patient caring. The volunteers did not admit patients themselves, they took care of the patients already in the hospital.
  2.  Vaccinating children. The volunteers vaccinated children on the neonatal ward and in the Admissions Room according to the current vaccinations schedule.
  3. Examining hospital infections. The duties of the volunteers included collecting research materials. The procedure involved surveying the patient in order to qualify if the patient is suitable for collection of test samples first. If yes, the material for tests was collected during a surgical procedure, and afterwards secured and transferred to the laboratory. Our volunteers collected approximately 50 samples.
  4. Working in health centre in the bush, providing basic health care. The volunteers worked in the health centre in the bush for 10 days on Karkar island, where they provided emergency medical aid to approximately 15 patients (changing dressings, administration of medicine) and assisted doctor Kuźma during 5 surgical procedures.
  5. Conducting educational activities addressed to medical staff and students of Divine Word University. The volunteers organised a nursing seminar for staff on Karkar island that was attended by approximately 40 people. Additionally, they carried out educational activities among the staff with whom they cooperated. The educational activities were also carried out in the doctor’s office.
  6. Purchasing minor medical equipment such as: blood pressure meters, glucometers, plaster cast spreaders, and necessary medications.