In 2014, the Oil Search Health Foundation identified that there would be opportunities to leverage their success in strengthening PNG’s public health system into other sustainable development areas.

During 2015, Oil Search determined the areas in which the Foundation might best be able to contribute to sustainable development in PNG. Two new programme streams were agreed: women’s protection and empowerment, and leadership and education.

In preparation for implementing its expanded mandate from 2016, planning was undertaken in 2015 and the Oil Search Health Foundation was renamed the Oil Search Foundation.

The Foundation five-year strategy is supported by a comprehensive performance framework and a five-year funding commitment by Oil Search in excess of US$50 million. The performance framework will improve monitoring, evaluation and communication of progress as well as forward planning. A stronger alignment with Oil Search’s overall sustainable development approach will create more opportunities to leverage synergies with the Company and result in greater cost-effectiveness.

During 2015, the Foundation continued to target maternal and child health by supporting the vaccination of over 5,000 children, equipping delivery rooms with electricity and running water and training nurses and midwives to safely deliver babies in remote locations.

The Foundation also helped to ensure continued low malaria rates in our partner communities and improved access for HIV patients to life-saving treatment programmes. The Foundation was proud to support the achievement of the goal of zero transmission of HIV from mothers to babies in Hela province.

Oil Search invested US$8 million in the Foundation in 2015 to enable delivery of these signature programmes in local communities and continued to provide logistical and personnel support.

For more information see the Oil Search Foundation website.

With the support of the Foundation in 2015

3 new HIV testing sites commenced in the Hela Province, making the total 36.
 
 
19 health workers attended a four-day training session conducted by World Vision on tuberculosis screening and management practices, aligned with the PNG National Department of Health’s Tuberculosis Control Programme.
976
patients in Kutubu were referred to Mendi General Hospital after being screened by visiting eye specialists at community health facilities.
 
9,958
vaccines were administered and 1,826 children received worming treatment in Kutubu as part of the Special Integrated Routine EPI Strengthening Programme administered in collaboration with the Southern Highlands Provincial Government. 

Since 2011, the Foundation has been a principal recipient in PNG for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in its Round 8 malaria grant and Round 10 HIV grant. In 2015, the Foundation was selected as the principal recipient for a further Global Fund HIV grant of US$14 million. The Foundation’s role will be to coordinate grant spending through programmes implemented by sub-recipient partners. These include Anglicare, Catholic HIV/AIDS Service, HOPE worldwide, Igat Hope, the Institute for Medical Research, National Department of Health and the World Health Organization. By the end of 2015, all sub-recipients had signed agreements with the Foundation.

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