9 Jun 2011

PNG's Morobe Mining Joint Venture supports first aid training of local villagers

8:52 am on 9 June 2011

In Papua New Guinea, the Morobe Mining Joint Venture says it is happy to support the first aid training of local villagers to serve their rural communities.

The joint mining venture has been criticised by some communities for polluting environments near its mining operations.

But under its health programme, it has teamed up with the Bulolo District Health division to offer training courses on basic health.

One of the main aims of the course is to try and reduce infant and maternal mortality in the district, and teaches students how to become a village birth attendant.

The MMJV's General Manager of Sustainability and External Relations officer David Wissink says 25 women took part in the latest two week advanced course .

"This is one where the provincial health department has come to us asking for our support in delivering it. They have the people who can deliver the training on the course, but they lack on the side of logistics and supply, and just in being able to facilitate this course."

David Wissink.

The women were also given Zonta Birthing Kits courtesy of ZIFA, which is part of the Zonta International Foundation.