World Malaria Day is observed on the 25th of April annually around the world and for this year, North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) and CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) along with Health Service partners received donated items and bales of long lasting insecticide (LLIN) mosquito bednets from development partner Exxon Mobil as part of the World Malaria Day awareness program. A small presentation was conducted at Ningerum Guest House by Exxon Mobil representative Mr Dylan Soondrawu to officers from NFHSDP and CMSFHP, Catholic Health Services, Kiunga District Hospital, Marie Stopes and NF District Health Services. Unfortunately World Vision, ECPNG Health Services and Adventist Health Services were not available. Health Service partners who were present each received two bales of LLINs for their patrols and clinics. Health Service partners were grateful and appreciative for the donations and acknowledged Exxon Mobil on being a development partner.
The World Malaria Day program continued with awareness sessions conducted on the 26th of April 2018 at Hongas Primary School and Gretutu Primary School in Kiunga. Over 300 students in each school along with their teachers attended these awareness sessions. The awareness sessions were conducted by CMSFHP Health officers Cyril Yama and Maria Rumints and with the annual theme being “Ready to Beat Malaria”, students and teachers were made aware of the causes of malaria, prevention and treatment of malaria. Awareness pamphlets on malaria were distributed among the students and teachers while several bednets were donated to the school. The awareness program was deemed a success and received positive feedback from the teachers of both schools.
The NFHSDP and CMSFHP has made a commitment to continuing working with both schools under the Health Promoting School program.
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.