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Will you help mum’s protect their children from infectious disease?

The world’s most vulnerable children need your support now, more than ever. Children living in extreme poverty in Papua New Guinea, where the health system was already stretched beyond capacity before the COVID-19 pandemic began, are at a higher risk than ever before.

In PNG, even diseases that can be easily identified, like measles, polio and tuberculosis (TB), can go undiagnosed and untreated in children, because their parents have no way to access the information and healthcare they need.

There is a severe shortage of doctors in PNG, especially in remote areas. Community health workers at local health clinics can only treat basic injuries and illnesses.

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We need your support now more than ever to protect children from infectious diseases

No child should miss out

Many children miss out on crucial and life-saving immunisations because their parents can’t access remote health centres, or they aren’t aware that a vaccine is available. Some children are too unwell to be immunised when an outreach clinic visits their local area and miss this valuable chance to protect their health.

Covid-19 could devestate PNG

All this means that infectious disease can spread through communities with dizzying speed. In recent years, outbreaks of both measles and polio have overwhelmed PNG’s already overstretched health system – a system that is not equipped to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some children will not survive

After the chaos caused by COVID-19, children in PNG will still be living with the constant threat of debilitating disease and permanent disability. Some children will not survive their illness. No child should spend their childhood battling infectious disease.

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The Latest Data From Papua New Guinea

24% of Tuberculosis patients in PNG are under 14 years old
24% of Tuberculosis patients in PNG are under 14 years old

These children will be among those most at risk from COVID-19

86% of the population in PNG lives in remote areas
86% of the population in PNG lives in remote areas

where they have trouble accessing health care.

1.5 million people died from TB in 2018
1.5 million people died from TB in 2018

(including 205,000 children)

Esther’s Story:A Mother’s Love

Parents like Esther face overwhelming challenges in trying to protect their children from infectious disease.

Tiny Max is only one

Tiny one-year-old Max has been sick since he was just a month old.
“He is always sick. He is small. He can’t get rid of the cough. All I want is for my son to be better.” – Esther, Max’s mother

He needs urgent treatment

Esther has made the long trek to Port Moresby with Max 10 times in his short life, determined to get him the help he needs.
He has been treated with course after course of antibiotics, but his little body is still wracked with coughs and he’s wasting away before his mother’s eyes. Without urgent treatment, his life hangs in the balance.

His sister Ruth is also sick

Like her little brother, 11-year-old Ruth is small for her age.
She is starting to show all the signs of TB. Since Max fell ill, Ruth has missed school again and again.

Her cough is a sure sign of TB

“When my brother is sick my mother has to take him to Port Moresby. There’s no one to look after me so I go to my grandmother’s house and I don’t go to school.”
Now, Ruth is sick too, with the enlarged lymph nodes and cough that are sure signs of TB.
Unless she receives treatment quickly, Ruth faces months of debilitating illness, more disruption to her education, and the risk of life-long disability – or even death.

Esther is desperate

Like any mum, Esther’s love for her children knows no bounds.
She’s desperate to help them get well. Walking for hours over rough ground to reach the nearest health centre, carrying a sick baby. Collecting coconuts for days on end to sell for the bus fare to Port Moresby. Taking trip after trip to the distant city, separated from her husband and daughter while she tries to get treatment that will stop her baby coughing.

A Mother’s love knows no bounds

Esther will never stop fighting to save her children’s lives, but unless she can access the healthcare they need, her fierce determination may not be enough – and during this COVID-19 pandemic, her children are at greater risk than ever.

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Meet Olive Oa

ChildFund Health Program Manager, PNG

“As ChildFund’s Health Program Manager in PNG, I work on the early detection and prevention of infectious diseases in children, especially those who are most vulnerable.

With your donation, we can run outreach programs in remote communities, where we can quickly identify potential cases of infectious disease in both adults and children and refer people to the nearest healthcare facilities so they can get treatment.”

Olive and the team in Papua New Guinea need your support more than ever

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“Right now, we need your support more than ever before to help prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Health systems are already overstretched, and many children are already weakened by illnesses like TB, making them especially vulnerable to COVID-19.”

– Olive Oa
ChildFund Health Program Manager, PNG

Where your money goes

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13 million

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For more information on the health crisis in PNG read our latest case studies

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Read their story

Parents like Esther face overwhelming challenges in trying to protect their children from infectious disease.

Max has been sick since he was just one month old.

“He is always sick. He is small. He can’t get rid of the cough. All I want is for my son to be better.” – Esther, Max’s mother

Esther has made the long trek to Port Moresby with Max 10 times in his short life, determined to get him the help he needs.

His young life hanges in the balance

He has been treated with course after course of antibiotics, but his little body is still wracked with coughs and he’s wasting away before his mother’s eyes. Without urgent treatment, his life hangs in the balance.

Like her little brother, 11-year-old Ruth is small for her age.

She is starting to show all the signs of TB. Since Max fell ill, Ruth has missed school again and again.

“When my brother is sick my mother has to take him to Port Moresby. There’s no one to look after me so I go to my grandmother’s house and I don’t go to school.”

Now, Ruth is sick too, with the enlarged lymph nodes and cough that are sure signs of TB. Unless she receives treatment quickly, Ruth faces months of debilitating illness, more disruption to her education, and the risk of life-long disability – or even death.

Like any mum, Esther’s love for her children knows no bounds.

She’s desperate to help them get well. Walking for hours over rough ground to reach the nearest health centre, carrying a sick baby. Collecting coconuts for days on end to sell for the bus fare to Port Moresby. Taking trip after trip to the distant city, separated from her husband and daughter while she tries to get treatment that will stop her baby coughing.

Esther will never stop fighting to save her children’s lives, but unless she can access the healthcare they need, her fierce determination may not be enough – and during this COVID-19 pandemic, her children are at greater risk than ever.