The Public Health Association will begin a two-day meeting today.
This speciality meeting, will focus on the “Role of Surgery in Primary Health Care”, which is in line with the theme of the medical symposium, “Access to Safe Surgery and Safe Anaesthesia”.
Given its heavy involvement in the area of Public Health, Oil Search Foundation (OSF) has come on board to support this meeting, through a donation of K10,000.
According to OSF Head of Grants Dr Kevin Miles, the Foundation was pleased to help specialist groups that could advance ideas and the conversation on health service delivery in the country.
“Partnerships are a core part of all our work at the Foundation,” said Dr Miles, “and we are glad to continue building relationships with the Public Health Association and others through this support. Hopefully the contribution towards this forum will also help in the design of more effective and innovative ways of delivering solutions to our health challenges.”
The Association’s President, Dr Pilly Mapira said topics related to the theme and others on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health researches will also be presented and discussed.
“We are thankful to Oil Search Foundation. Your assistance is proof of how passionate the Foundation is about delivering public health care in the country, and we will be glad to work with you to find solutions for challenges facing us in the health sector,” Dr Mapira said. “It is our hope that at the end of the conference, evidence-based approaches to strengthening public health care, including surgery, will have been identified and partnerships across all sectors can be strengthened.”
She said guest speakers will come from the Oil Search Foundation, World Health Organization, National Department of Health, PNG Research, Science and Technology Council, Burnett Institute, PNG Institute of Medical Research, Youth With A Mission, Church Health Services and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of UPNG and Samaritan Aviation.