Our partner in PNG, Vision for Homes, has completed a new community health building at Umi, in Dei District, in the PNG Highlands. PHA contributed to the funding of the building alongside individual donors. Below we have shared details of the building's completion from Vision for Homes.
Construction by Vision for Homes took three months from March to June, 2020. The building includes a veranda and six rooms consisting of a pharmacy room, examination and treatment rooms, a nurse station, reception, toilet/shower and an inpatient room for emergency cases. The building is powered by solar power and has a cold and hot water system installed.
Described by local government representatives as the 'perfect design for a rural health facility to deliver primary care services, the Community Health Building will serve well over 4,000 people across three council wards and nearby communities.
The Western Highland Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) is currently equipping the aid post and will provide medical and pharmaceutical supplies on an ongoing basis. The WHPHA will also provide a Community Health Worker to provide health care to the people of the Umi community and surrounding area.
From the before and after photographs of the original building and the completed project, we can see a huge improvement in local capacity to cater to the health needs of the local communities in Umi. PHA is glad to have supported Vision for Homes with this project and create better health opportunities for the people of PNG. You can find out more about the work of Vision for Homes on their website.