Edition 10, December 2016
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A Message from Sara David, Founder and CEO

Seasons Greetings! Another year is rapidly drawing to a close and as I reflect on the work of Living Child this year I am truly amazed at all that has happened, and excited about our projects for 2017.

The year began with doors opening in relation to government partnerships. It has been a significant move to now work in East Sepik Province at the invitation of the local government. We take seriously this opportunity and are working hard to deliver on our promises in relation to what can be done to improve maternal and newborn health in the area.
Equipping Angoram District Hospital
 
High on the list of priorities is to support the Angoram District Administration in getting the health services for mothers and babies back in operation at the District Hospital.
Melville Rotary have committed funds to build some stainless steel beds for the maternity unit and we are looking at ways to get some basic health and hospital equipment to the area. Once the maternity unit is up and running, Living Child will be involved in sending trainers up to support and upskill the maternity staff.
Angoram District Hospital is the referral hospital for women and babies from the remote villages. It is important that when the health volunteers refer women and babies to the hospital from the villages, that they receive quality care. If this does not happen then they will lose confidence in the service and stop referring people down the river system again.
If you belong to a Rotary Club and would like someone from Living Child to speak at your club, we’d love the opportunity to share our story.
Through Send Hope Not Flowers we have a grant application with the Australian High Commission to build a house for a midwife to be stationed at the hospital. We eagerly await the outcome of this proposal.

 
(below) Angoram District Hospital, was renovated in 2010, but currently empty of any equipment or furniture, except for the two functioning clinics, the Out Patients and the Maternal-Child Health, there are no beds and no inpatients.
Jim and Robyn Nottingham
An exciting development is that Jim and Robyn Nottingham, experienced Community Development Consultants and both nurse/midwives, have offered to be based in Wewak on a 3 month on, one month off basis, beginning in Feb 2017. They will split their services between Living Child and another Wewak based organisation called CBM Publishing.
Jim and Robyn were engaged by Living Child to cast their experienced eyes over the work we’ve done and plan to do in the future and have provided a comprehensive report. Having them as our ‘on the ground’ volunteers in PNG will improve communication, coordination of our community development projects and arrangement of training opportunities at the different health facilities.
We are currently looking at a variety of funding options in regards to supporting the Nottinghams while they’re in PNG. If you would like to be part of their team of regular monthly supporters we’d love to hear from you.
Yabru Jerry (above) at Kings Park during his recent trip to Perth.

Yabru Jerry’s visit
It seems like a lifetime ago that Yabru Jerry was here in Perth. Yabru is the Director of Melanesian Evangelical Churches of Christ [MECOC] the organisation that initially invited us into the Keram area and requested help for mothers and babies. Through MECOC we have unprecedented access to the remote villages.
Yabru attended our AGM and is now the PNG representative on our Board. His local knowledge, wisdom and connection with the remote people are invaluable to Living Child. While here, Yabru also gave presentations at Melville Rotary, Oberthur Primary School for their End Poverty Week awareness activities, WINGS a local women’s group and of course at our own Afternoon Tea for PNG event.
He thanks the people of Perth for their warm welcome and found the trip to be very beneficial in meeting the Board and supporters of the work of LC.
Maternity Ward at Wewak Hospital (Above)- 'They have 3 delivery beds inside, and one outside for septic deliveries, all donated by the Japanese 30 years ago.  But all have rusted so badly that their extensions and wheels cannot be used, and some legs minus wheels are supported by bricks.  So mothers balance on wobbling half-beds during first stage of labour..' Quote from Jim and Robyn Nottingham's report.
AGM & Strategic Plan
Our AGM was held on the 15th October. Jim and Robyn gave a lively presentation about their recent trip with some great photos of the needs, including some suggestions for projects in the future. All existing Board members were voted in again for another term with the addition of Trevor Young as our Treasurer and Yabru Jerry as our PNG representative.
While Yabru was in Perth, the Board took the opportunity to review our strategic plan. We spent the morning doing this under the facilitation of our Board Chair, Mike Bullard. The plan can be viewed on our website.
Overall the strategic plan remains the same although we have added the need to find ways to assist maternity service providers with quality equipment so that they can provide adequate services. To this end we have completed a hospital survey form for both Wewak Hospital Obstetric Unit and Angoram District Hospital Maternity section.
DAK Foundation www.dak.org.au have kindly offered to support Living Child by providing quality equipment such as suction machines, portable ultrasounds, oxygen concentrators, foetal heart dopplers, BP machines. As mentioned earlier Melville Rotary are funding the building of some stainless steel delivery beds – a prototype will be constructed in Wewak in the next couple of months, and if it is suitable, 9 more beds will be made. We are also trying to engage the Port Moresby Rotary Clubs in this project.
(Above) Board members; Barb Jamieson, Alicia Tearle and Heather Inglis, wearing the new LC t-shirts while volunteering at the Jacaranda Festival stall.

Applecross Jacaranda Festival
Thanks goes to Applecross Rotary Club for donating a stall space to Living Child at the recent Applecross Jacaranda Festival.  Even though it was a very hot day, many people stopped to find out more about what Living Child does, help make up a birthing kit or take part in the Tombola Raffle.  It was a very rewarding day and has given us the experience to do future stalls at other Festivals.
Thanks also to the Riverton Girls Brigade members who gave up their time to help assemble birthing kits.
Send Hope Not Flowers
I’d like to thank Send Hope Not Flowers [SHNF] again for being our primary donors this year. The fact they fund airfares for our professional volunteers is a huge help and we simply could not do this work without their support. We are looking forward to using the obstetric teaching model they donated to us more regularly next year, now that we’ll have some on the ground ‘staff’ in Wewak. We are successful recipients of a further $12 000 which will fund the Nottingham’s trip in Feb 2017.  Please remember that you can support Living Child through SHNF by purchasing their cards and requesting the funds go to LC. See www.sendhope.org
 
Welcome to our new Treasurer
We are very pleased to welcome Trevor Young as the new treasurer on the Living Child board.  In a short time he has already become part of the team and added much value during decision making.  Thank you Trevor for volunteering your time to Living Child Inc.
 
Thank you & Christmas Greetings
Finally, thank you to all our supporters (YOU) and partners for your continued interest and financial support over the past year. As the work grows, the needs become greater, so I am very thankful for each one of you. And, of course, I’d like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the Board who are a great source of knowledge, expertise and wisdom as we make decisions for the future.
Please remember that if you’d like to know more about our work, do not hesitate to contact me or one of our Board members.

Have a safe and Blessed Christmas!
 
Sara
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