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Rumginae Health Centre

Rumginae Health Centre / Rural Hospital is located in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea and was established in the 1960s by APCM medical professionals. It is a 60-bed facility that provides health care for a large part of Western Province. Since the beginning, there has been an emphasis on training as it is the only community health worker training school in the Western part of PNG. Students from three main provinces go out to the remote aid posts as the first level (and in many instances the only level) of health care for the country.  Besides the hospital and training school fifteen peripheral health facilities scattered around the North Fly District are also supervised. This network is responsible for providing health care for about 30,000 people. However, with no doctors at other key facilities, the Centre attract patients from a much larger area. With the help of a network of high frequency radios the Centre provides a medical consultation service to a wide area of remote, rural PNG. The Centre also works closely with Mission Aviation Fellowship who are vital for the transport of personnel and supplies to aid posts as well as transferring patients who need hospital care.
Main development goals:
  • Development of young PNG men and women being trained as health workers, who then become a driving force in the development of the communities where they will work and serve.
  • Development of rural communities through improved maternal and child health, lower rates of malaria, TB, HIV and other major disease.
  • Development of rural communities through HF radio and mobile phone access to medical care, including medical evacuation.
  • Development through provision of associated infrastructure and equipment including health facility buildings, airstrips, transport (boats, vehicles), and through provision of jobs to local workers with appropriate training and support.

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