9th June 2017
Empowering communities through targeted health promotion is helping individuals and families make changes to their behaviours.
One such community where this is being witnessed is Kautru village in the Suki Fly Gogo Trust Region of the Middle Fly District.
The CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) supports community health through promoting the Healthy Islands Concept, recognised by the National Department of Health.
A component of the Healthy Islands Concept is ensuring access to clean, safe drinking water and recognising the health benefits this can have.
After identifying clean water access as a community issue in Kautru during the 2014 Village Health Volunteer training and family assessments, and again during the dry weather event in 2015, CMSFHP Health Promotion Officer, Cyril Yama, has been persistent in promoting the importance of safe drinking water.
Some of the strategies that have been promoted are using a bleach water solution, boiling water for over 15 minutes, and fencing water wells. These practices are slowly being adopted across the region.
However, for 12 families in Kautru, they decided to take it one step further and came together to contribute money to purchase water purifying buckets. The buckets were purchased on their behalf by Mr Yama who also helped assembled and delivered to the 12 families. Upon seeing the buckets, other families indicated that they will also raise some funds and purchase buckets.
The culture of contributing money was new in the CMCA communities and the leaders praised the families for taking that responsibility in making a difference.
The community was delighted about the buckets and thanked the CMSFHP for identifying health issues and empowering communities to solve their own everyday problems.
The CMSFHP is funded through the CMCA portion of the Western Province Peoples’ Dividend Trust Fund, managed by Ok Tedi Development Foundation and implemented by Abt Associates.
PICTURE: CMSFHP Health Promotion Officer, Cyril Yama, distributing the buckets to Kautru community members