Providing Out-patient Holistic Healthcare to the Gulf and Morobe Provinces
Kunai Health Center is a mission clinic in Papua New Guinea. It is remotely situated in the Gulf Mountains where supplies must be flown in by plane several times a year and then carried five miles over the mountain. The closest hospital to refer patients for surgery or more extensive care is on the coast, a three-day hike away. Patients walk up to two days for outpatient care. On a weekly basis Kunai provides prenatal checkups for expecting mothers, well-child checks including giving an average of 400 vaccines per month, an extensive tuberculosis program for pulmonary, lymphatic, and spinal TB; baby milk program for malnourished and orphaned infants, a UNICEF program for children with severe acute malnutrition, as well as seeing an average of 60-90 patients daily for illnesses including malaria, pneumonia, anemia, meningitis, broken bones, boils and ulcers, lacerations, seizures, and parasites, among others. With 3-4 nurses working per day, the clinic treats over 16,000 patients a year.
Papua New Guinea
The Land of the Unexpected