A peaceful and healthy future

Photo: Tom Greenwood

Papua New Guinea has the worst level of malnutrition in children under five in the Pacific and more than half its population lives on less than $3 a day.

Oxfam is working in the Southern Highlands of PNG, helping rural communities improve their diets and develop sustainable incomes through nutritional gardens and raising small livestock such as goats, chickens, rabbits, and sheep.

Oxfam's partner, Hela Community Care (HCC), formerly Community Based Health Care, trains communities in how to establish self-reliant, community-based health delivery systems that will improve people’s quality of life.

New village management committees will be trained to co-ordinate health, agriculture, law and order, and a village bank.

A better quality of life
The Community Health and Agricultural Support Programme (CHASP) will continue to work with HCC to provide water, basic sanitation, nutritional gardens and small livestock such as chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep.

HIV and AIDS is a growing problem in Tari. An awareness campaign will continue to run to restrict infection in the district.

Anti-domestic violence and the importance of women in family health will continue to feature in the Health Care and Agricultural programme.

Communities committed to peace, stability and development will receive materials, training and bonuses.

Most people have no access to clean water and sanitation, and live on basic staples. As a result, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria cause high incidents of depression and death.

It is expected Tari citizens’ quality of life will improve due to better amenities, a more diverse farming system, and better opportunities to make money.

Helping young people earn a decent living

Oxfam and the Kup Women for Peace are also working with young men, particularly those with a history of violence, helping them learn new skills and earn a decent living. Having a job and an income keeps young men busy, builds self-esteem and means they are less likely to get involved in crime, violence and tribal fighting.

Photo blog from Tari

Oxfam took a TV crew up to the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea to join in celebrations of the country’s 31st year of independence, and to show them the positive impact Oxfam and its partners have had in this remote corner of the world.

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