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Warmth and Affection of Local Papua New Guinean Folks Towards Foreign Visitors

September 29, 2011 - 10:00am
I remember back in May, FHI 360’s first order of business with me was to discuss in great length the high importance of safety and security at work, home, during transit, and everywhere I go.  The strong warnings and precautions in terms of personal security was impressed even further through personal stories, anecdotes, and experiences of FHI 360 staff—expatriates and local folks alike.  In... Read More

PNG Celebrates 36 Years of “Independence”

September 27, 2011 - 10:00am
On September 16, 2011, Papua New Guinea celebrated its 36 years of independence and freedom.  All throughout the week, the excitement of this coming holiday was visibly noticeable as local folks prepared traditional costumes and attires and erected makeshift vending stands at open grasslands where various cultural shows and dances were held.  Many were on the streets selling items with PNG... Read More

Betel Nut Chewing – Does It Stain PNG’s Culture?

September 22, 2011 - 10:00am
Back in May, when I first arrived in Papua New Guinea, I was a tad bit alarmed to notice the local folks with bright orange-red stained mouth, teeth, tongue, and lips.  As a healthcare practitioner, my mind instantly went to overdrive as I thought of a few medical differential diagnoses that would have explained what I was seeing (i.e. Vit. B12 deficiency, Vincent’s angina, severe gingivitis with... Read More

PNG Health Clinics – Challenges and Road Blocks

September 20, 2011 - 10:00am
FHI360 (formerly Family Health International) PNG Country Office, in collaboration with HOPE Worldwide PNG Country Office, jointly supports two community health centers in the National Capital District of Port Moresby—Lawes Road and Nine Mile Urban Clinics.  In addition, FHI360 also supports Id Inad Clinic, a healthcare facility within Modilon General Hospital in the northern province of Madang... Read More

Nursing and Physician Shortage – Even in PNG!

September 15, 2011 - 10:00am
Without a doubt, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a developing nation in the Western Pacific that faces inadequacy and weakness in healthcare infrastructure.  The country is under-resourced in terms of medical infrastructure and although steadily improving, the overall standards of health and healthcare in the country are really not that good.  Problems such as these are caused by compounding and... Read More

Bridging Healthcare Partnerships and Alliances in PNG; Not so Easy

September 13, 2011 - 10:00am
I was overwhelmed with mixed emotions prior to leaving my home state of Connecticut to travel to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to share my scientific background in clinical research and pharmacology with my bedside advanced practice nursing skills as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with FHI360 (formerly Family Health International).  I was happy and sad, excited and anxious, and a tad bit nervous about the... Read More

The Wantok System in Papua New Guinea: Is It Good or Bad?

September 6, 2011 - 10:00am
Papua New Guinean culture is traditionally rich and deeply rooted from its history not too long ago as an unexplored island nation and then becoming a colonized country soon after.  Fundamental to this pervasive culture is the wantok system (in Tok Pisin language), which when translated literally means “one-talk”.  Wantoks (clan or kinsmen) are an indigenous population who speak the same tokples... Read More