By Hope Imaka – EMTV Online
The Youth With a Mission Medical (YWAM) Ship, the MV Pacific Link, has been redeployed into Papua New Guinea. The re-deployment to PNG is a forerunner for the next phase of marine-based services in Madang province.
Enthusiastic Managing Director of YWAM Medical Ships, Ken Mulligan, said the ship’s re-deployment to PNG will expedite and expand services, building capacity to many more remote and coastal areas.
“Our vision – in consultation with key stakeholders in PNG – is to have at least three ships operating right around the coastal and island regions of PNG,” said Mulligan.
“This is a great step toward that.”
YWAM has been delivering much needed health services around PNG with volunteers from around the world, and is the recipient of two prestigious international awards for community, health and training work being undertaken in Papua New Guinea.
Before being replaced by the MV YWAM PNG in 2015, MV Pacific Link was YWAM medical ships first pilot vessel that began operating in the Gulf and Western Provinces, and has set sail on her voyage this morning to Madang province from Port Moresby. The MV Pacific Link is under the leadership of Brett Curtis (Director) for the northern coastline.
There were 249,000 health and training services delivered from 2010-2014. The next step will be key to the expansion of further marine-based training and medical services around the nation.
Mulligan said that the MV Pacific Link has been invited to begin its service in Sumkar District by the Open Member, Ken Fairweather.
He added that the MV Pacific Link has been an excellent pilot vessel.
The MV Pacific Linkwas welcomed by local officials on Monday, and will be delivering primary health care, dentistry and training to coastal villages in the Sumkar District of the Madang province.