PNG Northern Beaches Village Health Volunteers (VHV) & Village Birth Assistants (VBA) Network
NREF first visited Buna in April 2014 and developed relationships with local Community Health Worker’s (CHW’s) and Village Leaders. Since then, a collaborative partnership between Kokoda Initiative Partnership (DFAT), KTF and ourselves has developed and in 2018 we co-funded the building of a new and improved Buna Health Centre.
The next vital component in supporting this new Health Centre, is to develop the capacity of the people to help themselves. In May 2019, a group of educators returned to Buna and conducted training 60 VHV’s and VBA’s.
In January 2020 and beyond, we will return to Buna will small groups of clinicians to further support the training and development of this committed group of community members with the goal of creating a VHV’s association that will advocate for improved health outcomes for their communities. In order to facilitate this, we plan on returning to the Northern Beaches twice a year for the next three years.