The future ofthe Townsville based YWAM Medical Ship which is set to sail back tPNG, was onthe agenda this week in a meeting in Port Moresby that sawthe Right Honorable Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Honourabel Mike Renolds Am and Mr. Ken Mulligan, Managing Director for the YWAM Medical Ships sit down to plan it’s arrival in May of this year.
Talks are underway with key stake holders to discuss effective approaches addressing developmental and medical needs alongthe sothern parts oPNG bythe two YWAM MSA patrons, former Prime Minister of Papua New GuineaSir Rabbie Namaliu and former speaker ofthe Quesland ParliamentoHonourable Mike Renolds.
“The key for us is collaborative and cooperative partnerships,” Mr Reynolds said, “We have wonderful relationships here in Papua New Guinea and a great resource base to tap into when it comes to assisting with health, training and development needs.
We want to ensure that we’re maximizing opportunities all around withthe real benefits onthe ground inthe remote areas oPNG.
What we’ve been able to achieve so far withthe National Department of Health, Provincial Authorities, and health workers onthe ground has been tremendous.
We know thatthe need continues to be greatoand thatthere is much work yet to do. We hope this week will be a strong step in that direction.”
Sir Rabbie said, “It is tremendous that we have so many volunteers from Australia, our own countPNG, and acrossthe world that are working to deliver health services and improver quality of life inthe remote and rural areas of our provinces.”
Past outreaches have seen assistance come fromthe National Department of Health,the Gulf and Western Provincial GovernmentsPNG Sustainable Development Program, OK Tedi Fly River Development Program,InterOil, and Steamships.