June 14th 2013

Tuesday, 14th  May, 2013 Port Moresby: The Digicel PNG Foundation has partnered with Trogler Health Center in the Mul-Baiyer district of Western Highlands in an agreement today to increase health services in the district through funding of a Mobile Health Clinic valued at K160,000.

The Trogler Health Center is a government run health centre managed by the Western Highlands Provincial Health Services. The health center currently provides much needed health services to more than 15,000 people and providing health outreach patrols to well 11 remote sites and 22 schools in the district. The fully- kitted mobile clinic will now ease the challenge that outreach staff  encounter when doing foot patrols and carrying medical supplies to walk for long hours and through rugged terrains. This partnership is the first time for Digicel PNG Foundation to partner with a government run health facility to continue its commitment to provide increased access to basic health services to rural and marginalised communities in PNG. Officer in Charge, Mrs Ruth Kumin when launching the mobile clinic said, “We are grateful for the work that Digicel Foundation has done since they have been established here in PNG, particularly their work in marginalized communities throughout PNG. This investment of K160,000 signifies Digicel PNG Foundation’s ongoing commitment to improve access to basic health services all throughout PNG. We are very thankful to Digicel Foundation for recognising Trogler health center as a well-managed government run facility and has today given this mobile clinic to enhance the level of service that the health service provides to the surrounding communities.”

Digicel PNG CEO Beatrice Mahuru said, “Digicel Foundation recognizes the importance of working in partnership with Government to ensure the sustainability of community projects in PNG. In that regard, we are delighted to partner with Trogler Health Center to provide much needed health services to the people of Mul-Baiyer district including other districts of Western Highlands province. Access to basic health  is vital for the development of Papua New Guinea and an area the Digicel Foundation recognizes and supports.”

To date the Digicel Foundation has funded 210 community based projects covering 22 provinces in PNG and put K18.75 million back into marginalized PNG communities which has directly impacted more than 150,000 people. The Digicel Foundation plans to continue the funding of community projects in the area of basic education and health aiming to support communities as they become more self-reliant in the future