Injuries from tribal fights in Papua New Guinea can be traumatic. They range from gunshot and bush knife wounds to fire burns. Unfortunately, during fights, health care is not always accessible whether it be too far or too dangerous to reach. In these situations, first aid can save lives.
Working with the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society we held Community Based First Aid Training sessions in Lakolam community and Kupalis community in the Wabag District of Enga Province in early November 2022. The Community Based First Aid training incorporates local perspectives and tools with other first aid techniques.
Lakolam and Kupalis are only a short drive away from one another but for years violence between these two communities has erupted sporadically, causing destruction and injuries.
In these three-day first aid training sessions, we shared techniques that can be used at the site of accidents to respond to injuries like gunshot wounds, spear and bush knife wounds.
In 2022 we implemented 23 trainings in 16 communities in the Highlands.