Why is health care in danger in Papua New Guinea Highlands?
- Tukupangi, Papua New GuineaThe wrecked rooms of a health-care clinic, destroyed in the midst of a tribal conflict. The clinic has stood abandoned for more than a year, with health-care workers too scared to stay in the village. Residents, including pregnant women and the elderly, are now forced to walk for several kilometres to get treatment.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC J. Boylan
- Katiloma, Papua New GuineaYuanis Yamu, a father of seven, was attacked in a vicious tribal conflict in 2013, but managed to flee the violence. Unable to be get treatment at his abandoned local health-care clinic, he spent a week trekking through the wilderness with slashes across his body, before he reached the Kudjip Hospital in neighbouring Jiwaka Province. While being treated in hospital, he heard the news that one of his sons had been killed in the fighting.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC J. Boylan
- Tari, Papua New GuineaHealth-care worker, Jessie Bluno, regularly treats victims of clan-based violence at his clinic in Hela Province, a region of Papua New Guinea rife with tribal conflict. While Jessie and his colleagues provide treatment to everyone affected by the conflict, this impartial approach is not always understood, or respected. Patients wounded in tribal warfare are treated quickly and sent home as soon as possible to prevent opposing tribes from attacking them at the clinic. Local fighters have also threatened Jessie and his colleagues not to treat wounded “enemies”, causing a general sense of fear and anxiety among workers at the clinic.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC K. Stevens
- Katiloma, Papua New GuineaRowena Kasunu, a missionary from the Kambia tribe in Southern Highlands Province, stands outside her village’s health-care clinic, which was attacked during a tribal fight and remains closed due to ongoing security issues. The health post used to service four tribes in the area. "Now, we have to walk for hours to find health care,” she said. “Those who are very sick and cannot walk, die in their homes.”CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC J. Boylan