Central Province Papua New Guinea

About the community

Central Province is located on the south coast of Papua New Guinea, bordering the capital city of Port Moresby.

There are over 850 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, and the majority of the population lives in rural and remote villages.

Only 50% of children in PNG are immunised; meaning that children are highly vulnerable to serious but mostly preventable diseases.

Around 75% of children in PNG live in homes, among extended family, where domestic violence has been reported.

Meet the community

Meet the community

Grace is only 10 years old, and has suffered from tuberculosis twice. ChildFund-supported mobile health clinics reach children like Grace with vaccinations, medication and health education.

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Preventable diseases like tuberculosis are widespread in Central Province. Ravu missed four months of school while he recovered from TB last year.

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“My biggest challenge living here is to live a healthy life. My dream is to live in a community that has no rubbish, a supply of food and a school that is developed.” Hayliness, 16 years old.

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What projects are we currently working on?

Livelihoods

Livelihoods

We worked with the community to establish backyard gardens across 20 schools, so that children can learn farming techniques while also being able to make healthy and nutritious school lunches.

Education

Education

We’re supporting 9 different primary schools with education materials, teacher training and development of child-centered learning methodologies.

Healthcare

Healthcare

ChildFund has supported mobile health clinics to provide immunisation, education and medicine to the most remote communities across central province. Last year ChildFund immunised 2,236 babies.

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