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Old 22-04-2004, 11:25 AM
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American doctor study PNG community health concept


AN AMERICAN doctor has definitely adapted herself nicely into the rural communities of Jiwaka with rural Papua New Guineans in the north and south Whagi area of Western Highlands province.

Dr Rebecca Morsch, normally addressed by the local Jiwaka people as “Becci” comes from Califonia, United States. She is single and has been in the country for over a year studying the model of Community Based Health Care (CBHC) initiated by Nazarene Church health ministry in the Western Highlands province.

Dr Morsch, who is a specialist in preventative medicine explains that her purpose of coming to PNG is within the Nazarine Church’s Melanesia ministry to study the work of the CBHC in the Western Highlands province. She is based at Kiam where she conducts her studies.

She explained that upon completion of her study she will draft a manual to introduce similar CBHC model to Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and East Timor.

The CBHC has already proven to be successful since its implementation thus creating remarkable changes to villages such as Domil, Nondol and others in the WHP.

According to CBHC concept of ministry, a healthy island can be constructed on a nebulous dream. It must be constructed upon the building blocks of healthy communities, comprised of healthy families, which are made up of healthy individuals.

This can only become a reality through holistic, on-going volunteer programs, owned and directed by the main stakeholders – the citizens and clan members of PNG.

It must be established on strong networks of people who have taken responsibility, ownership and control of their own health and welfare

The Director of the Nazarene health ministry, Bernard Gunn said they would like to share the CBHC model and that it has successfully operated for over five years and is adaptable for other communities in PNG.

Mr Gunn explained that in this model health professionals do not act as experts who have all the solutions to the health problem in the community. They instead act as facilitators, animators and trainers to the people of a community who wish to become community based health care volunteer.

“It is now the CBHC program. The community must accept ownership and responsibility for what their community health care program contains as they identify their own needs, create plans for actions to meet these needs and implement the plans using their own resources and outside resources.

Mr Gunn further explained that in the CBHC it is important that the community leaders use their own powers of action and judgement in a spirit of self-reliance, without depending on others.

“It is only then will their tailor-made CBHC program have sustainability at a cost-effective price whereby grass roots people participate in providing their own preventative health care system in the community where they live,” Mr Gunn said.


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Old 24-04-2004, 07:18 PM
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Old 25-04-2004, 11:39 AM
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Oh great

I have had the opportunity to witness and be involved in this community based programme! It really worked for the communities that got invovlved and they have come out with a nicer community.
I hope the studies of this lady will be something that will give the organisers and the communities some new dimensions of that programme if she wishes to share her findings and research at the end of her study.
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