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Data Collection Team visit 44 selected villages in Western Province

The North Fly Health Services Development Program and CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (collectively ‘the Program’) will end in December 2018. An endline evaluation is currently being conducted to assess whether the Program has met its goal to contribute towards strengthened primary health care (PHC) and health services in the North Fly District and Middle and South Fly CMCA Trust Regions in line with the Western Province and National Health Plans. The evaluation includes data collection from interviews with community members, health worker interviews, Village Health Volunteer (VHV) interviews, health facility assessments and a community-level health survey. The evaluation study received ethical approval from the Papua New Guinea Medical Research Advisory Council, no 17.53.

A team of four Papua New Guinean data collectors led by Chief Investigator, Dr Jethro Usurup, carried out the fieldwork across the Program sites from June to August. The team worked in demanding conditions – faced difficult weather conditions and transport constraints but forged ahead with a can-do attitude and team spirit.

The team interviewed over 700 community members in 44 villages across the Program sites to collect community views and perceptions of access, quality and utilisation of primary health care services. The team also conducted over 20 focus group discussions with communities to discuss the effectiveness of the Program. Fifteen health facilities were assessed to enable comparisons with baseline and midline data, and health workers were interviewed. . The team also interviewed 12 VHVs trained by the Program. The data is now being collated and analysed and results will be disseminated at the end of the year.

CMSFHP is funded by the CMCA portion of the Western Province People’s Dividend Trust Fund and NFHSDP is funded by Ok Tedi Mining Limited. Both programs are managed by Ok Tedi Development Foundation and implemented by Abt Associates.

The Data Collection Team ready to embark on the fieldwork following 3 days of training and preparations: (L-R) Dominica Abo, Karl Kama, Dr Jethro Usurup, Miriam Mond, Herick Aeno and Kutut Kome

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