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  1. Sydor
    Sydor August 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    The relationship between Gulf Politicians and Administrators over the years was a mixed one. Service delivery machanism was affected and in the end the people suffered the most. The current MPs now have the crucial task to sort this out and make the system work…Maybe I’m barking the wrong tree here.

    But thank God for missionaries.

  2. Elemis Sasi
    Elemis Sasi July 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I can personally confirm that the health facilities and the service delivery in the rural areas of Gulf Province is near extinction. Being a health worker myself from the isolated mountains of Gulf-Kotidanga district (Kaintiba) I have felt the pain of living in Gulf and providing these services. The major problem lays between the Provincial health Department, and managers who relax and dream away on their comfortable chairs assuming that everything is just right. There is a lack of inspections, monitoring, and regular evaluation on the state and progress of service delivery. Furthermore, there is lack of funding, a shortage of staff, a lack of or no drug supplies, and no up skilling staff through in-services. These are all key contributing factors.

    Despite, the above problems I acknowledge the Church Services for whole hearted effot in proving the essential service on behalf. My appeal to PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and people in authority is to wake up and look into the vision 2010-2020 health care implementation strategies and work hand in hand with NDoH to up grade and delivery quality services to the people. To those health care workers serving in other provinces it is by time we should return to service our own province and our own people rather than attending only for funerals. Today is the day for change or else we will be left behind. Thanks.

  3. Jonathan Wilson
    Jonathan Wilson February 18, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Sounds like an interesting trip. I have only started visiting PNG recently but from what I have seen so far this sounds quite familiar. One of the things I noticed about the facilities (that appeared to have been there for some time) I saw in the Islands region was that many of them were quite damaged. Some of this looked like damage caused by some kind of contact with an unrelated object but other damage looked like things that could be avoided (eg rotted out support beams from water entering from roof building) with an adequate maintenance program. Thanks for the post and it would be interesting to find out what all the surveys returned.

  4. Judy Avoa Warrillow
    Judy Avoa Warrillow February 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Gulf Province I am sad to say is like the rest of the Papua New Guinean Provinces, neglected and starved of money and resources,not to mention the women and men who can work to turn the Provinces around.It seems every body has left the Provinces for better lives for themselves and their families.We cannot blame them because they had to do what seems right for themselves.
    What saddens me is that the Provinces were given more then enough monies(over 30 years) but it is the governors (small g not capital G) who obviously misused all the money hence PNG with its Districts and Sub Districts have all ‘gone to the dogs’. Port Moresby has had to accommodate all the human beings from all these disfunctional and neglected districts and sub districts not to mention people from the many villages all over Papua New Guinea.
    I can only see PNG becoming another African country,the rich becoming richer on the backs of the millions of rural Papua New Guineans.It makes me so angry,when I know that there is enough money to start a come back to good and better living standards for the 30 years of misuse of all the millions – tens of millions and hundreds of millions and millions upon millions into billions.
    It is all needless, all this suffering something has to be done, God help us Gulf Karus- Papua New Guineans !!!

  5. Lena Allen
    Lena Allen January 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    My family and I live in the Gulf province and what you say is very true, unfortunately. As a registered nurse I have a clinic, Kunai Health Centre, near Kotidanga. We provide all medical services to about 1000 per month. Frequently we work with the CHWs to provide a continuum of care, and we at times help supply the government aid posts as well. We are a church agency (Baptist). I am open to suggestions on how to “fix” this situation. So very sad for those who live in Gulf Province.

  6. Penny Charles
    Penny Charles December 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hi I am very impressed with the work the team has accomplished. We hear of development but what is it really to the people where the resources are?
    Obviously, the leadership in the province are hiding in the city and not doing enough.

    I thank you and really hope this will do a great impact to the people of Gulf and PNG as whole.

    Please deliver this to the Governer and Members of Gulf.

  7. Joel Negin
    Joel Negin December 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you Colin and the team. As Tess stated eloquently, this is a powerful description and a very important project. Thank you for engaging in this challenging work and highlighting some of these challenges. Very important to hear that government officials understand that services have not been provided to the people and also to understand at least part of the reasons why. I look forward to reading more about the PEPE results including how we can support people like that head teacher / CHW that you met!

  8. Tess Newton Cain
    Tess Newton Cain December 6, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Thanks Colin for a really powerful description of the realities of service delivery in rural PNG. Many of the issues you have identified apply also in rural Vanuatu and I am sure elsewhere in the Pacific region. In fact a number of them are applicable in urban areas also no doubt. This should be required reading for anyone designing an aid project or programme plus those who would like to characterise development ‘failures’ as purely results of government or public service ineptitude or worse. It is only by knowing what the realities are in the environment where services are required that service providers can start to make resource allocations and other decisions that can hope to meet the real development challenges. Collecting this information and then getting it in front of the people who need it in a format they can make use of is itself a challenge (as you’ve shown us here) but I feel it is a vital foundation for improved policy and implementation. Very much looking forward to hearing more from PEPE in the coming months.

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