Image: Samples from the field being tested in Burnet’s HMHB laboratory in Kokopo, PNG.
By Daphne Rasehei – Emtv Online
Burnet Institute research is aimed at reducing the high rate of maternal and infant deaths in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) presented the institute with K100, 000 to help support their Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program (HMHB), in Kokopo, East New Britain.
The HMHB team will track the pregnancies of up to 700 women through to delivery and the following 12 months to identify the key causes of death and disability.
From their findings the institute will try a series of health interventions to eradicate the problem.
Managing Director, Augustine Mano, said MRDC is pleased to support the HMHB program.
“These infants are the future of this country and in order to have a healthy and happy future, we must do all we can to help make sure they and their mothers who give life to them survive the most crucial and delicate months of their lives,” he says.
The Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC said HMHB is a critically important research program designed to transform the health of women and children in PNG.
MRDC’s contribution will help to provide equipment for the fit out of a new laboratory, research staff to carry out tests, and the purchase of four-wheel drive vehicles to enhance the program’s reach in and around Kokopo.