Who are we?
We are a team of three soon-to-be doctors and in January 2017 we are going on a humanitarian-medical expediton to Papua New Guinea. During our two months stay in a little village of Dogura, which is located in the SE part of the island Papua, in a province called Milna Bay, we will continue with the work of previous expeditions and provide medical help to those who truly need it. We wish that our expedition will add a little piece of puzzle to a better world.
Let me simply give you a glimpse of the health conditions awaiting us there. According to the WHO, Papua New Guinea has the worst health status in the Pacific region and ranks 157 from 187 Countries worldwide. To put that into perspective, with a population of 7 million they have 400 doctors of which only 51 work outside the capital where 85% of the people live, meaning there is 1 doctor per 17.086 people, compared to Australia where there is 1 doctor per 302 people. If you want to read more about health issues click here.
How is your donation helping us?
We want to provide basic healthcare for the locals and organise outreach programs into the nearby villages, for which we need medicine, vaccination and basic equipment. Apart from that we will try to organise and pay for advanced treatment and transportation to a bigger hospital centre in case of a disease or condition that we can not tackle ourselves. Our goal is also to educate the current health staff in the Village and improve the facilities. What little will be left will be used to get us there and back and keep us from starving during those 2 months.
Our expedition is a part of a larger project organized by the Tropical Medicine Society of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The project and therefore our mission is supported by our Faculty and the Slovenian Ministry of Health. In Papua, we will represent Slovenian doctors and at the same time, we will be conquering new knowledge about the treatment of tropical diseases, that we will be able to incorporate into our work back home.
We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. Tenkyu tru!
Matic, Ana and Petra