Port Moresby, July 26th, 2017 | The Kokoda Track Foundation’s School of Health has officially launched its training program for Community Health Workers (CHW), through a sponsorship of K 105,000 from Bank South Pacific (BSP).
KTF has been working closely with national and provincial authorities to develop an advanced School of Health. The School of Health will train committed CHWs offering a two-year diploma in community health care at the Kokoda College and will be one of only twelve training centers in Papua New Guinea. The College is currently preparing these students to enroll in the CHW program by offering FODE courses for students from remote regions across the country to upgrade their secondary qualifications.
“BSP is proud to contribute meaningfully to the development of Papua New Guineans. We acknowledge that the geographic locations of many areas in the country make basic services like health, education and banking difficult to reach,” said Paul Thornton, General Manager, and Retail Banking.
BSP’s sponsorship and donations focuses on many aspects of the community such as Health, Education, Sports and Environment and professional development. Therefore the bank believes that our contribution and support will go a long way in improving the wellbeing and future of Papua New Guineans in the rural communities.
“We are pleased to support organisations that share the same vision as the bank in delivering lasting changes in the communities we operate in, ” added Mr Thornton.
Speaking on behalf of KTF was Dr. Genevieve Nelson thanked BSP for its generous support towards the College. “We believe that, by increasing the number of qualified CHW’s, we can increase the number of communities able to access medical care. The FODE program is the first step to training a new cohort of CHWs for remote and rural PNG”
KTF runs sustainable, community-owned programs in education, health and livelihoods across eight Provinces in PNG, as well as a nationwide leadership program.
It also runs the Kokoda College to which the School of Health operates under, but also includes, School of Education, which offers pre service teacher training, and Flexible Open and Distance Education (FODE) to assist Grade 12 and gain entry into the Teaching and Health courses.