Access to basic healthcare is a fundamental human right. Our work in health gives remote and rural communities in PNG access to high-quality primary healthcare including immunisations for babies and children, pre and post-natal care for mothers and their babies, live-saving medicines for all who need it, and affordable and efficient vision testing and spectacles. KTF’s health projects are promoting healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages.
Our Healthy Communities project supports the postings and salaries of community health workers and health assistants - the cornerstone of rural PNG healthcare system - in remote aid posts and health centres in the Oro and Central Provinces. We support infrastructure and maintenance of these facilities and provide them with a regular supply of drugs and medical supplies for reliable operations.
Eye See PNG
Our Eye See PNG project provides specialised eye health training to community health workers and wide scale vision testing and provision of corrective spectacles to communities across PNG. Whilst our training focuses on building knowledge and skills around a wide range of eye health issues, our vision testing focuses on providing spectacles at scale for refractive error, improving vision and quality of life.
At the Kokoda College, we are preparing a cohort of students for career pathways into community health work and nursing. Health workers are desperately needed for remote PNG to establish and operate aid post facilities. Often students from these regions do not have the minimum entry requirements for tertiary study; our College offers a matriculation program for students who are committed to health careers in remote and rural PNG.