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Olsem Wanem – Episode 31, 2014

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Papua New Guinea has a population of around 7 million people, 87 % of which live in the rural areas. The country’s complex geographical setting makes it even more difficult to deliver basic services to the overall population. The Middle Ramu District in Madang is one of the most remote parts of the province.

There is very little or in some instances no access at all, to basic health services for some villages within the district. Gotepuk village is one that has had no aid post for many years. It has no proper road connection and the only way we could get there faster was through a helicopter.


Luckily, we had to fly over.


Once on the ground we spoke to some of the locals about their difficulties in accessing basic health services.


The Madang Catholic Archdiocese then took up the initiative to establish aid posts in 10 remote villages in the Middle Ramu District.


In October 2013, these aid posts were official opened by the Madang Archdiocese and AUSAID. But not all stories have a happy ending. Since the opening in 2013 the 9 satellite sites including the aid post at Gotepuk Village have remained unfunded and unmanned due to the lack of support from the provincial government.


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