Delivering basic services in PNG poses enormous challenges with 84% of the population living in remote, rural areas. These communities are scattered over rugged terrain, complex river systems, vast expanses of ocean, and an extensive coastline – just a few hundred kilometres from Australia’s coast.
The MV YWAM PNG helps overcome the challenge by accessing isolated communities with medical specialists, supplies, health services and mentoring and support for rural health workers. All of YWAM Medical Ships programs are delivered in collaboration with PNG’s National Department of Health, provincial health authorities and a range of partners.
Medical facilities aboard the MV YWAM PNG include a dentistry clinic, day procedure unit, laboratory and patrol tenders to transport primary health care and optometry teams ashore.