The National, Thursday July 26th, 2012
YOUTH With A Mission Medical Ship Australia (YWAM MSA) is very keen to continue working in partnership with the Papua New Guinea government in delivering medical services and empowering the people, its patron says.
Mike Reynolds told a breakfast fundraiser at Steamships’ wharf yesterday the organisation’s primary focus was people’s empowerment and that could be achieved through the provision of training and capacity-building.
He said the mission had established a good working relationship with the Department of Health.
The mission has been delivering services to remote areas of the country since 2010 and has delivered over 74,000 training and health services to help develop local communities.
The medical ship provided important services such as cataract operations, dentistry, optometry, primary health care and health education.
“Port Moresby and Townsville have been sister cities since 1983.
The 2012 YWAM MSA series to Port Moresby is a snapshot of what the volunteers have been doing in remote areas of Gulf and Western over the past three years,” he said.
“The other thing we care about is strengthening the linkages between Australia and PNG.”
On Tuesday, volunteers conducted clinics at Kilakila and Kaugere, providing health care services, optometry and educating locals.
Reynolds acknowledged Steamships Trading Company for continually supporting YWAM’s ongoing work here.