The more Tammy and I learn about Papua New Guinea (PNG), the more we see why God has called us to this country. There are a lot of physical and spiritual needs in PNG and Kudjip Hospital is doing amazing work in one of the most underserved areas of the world.
The Medical Need in PNG:
- PNG ranks 156 out of 187 on the United Nations’ Human Development Index, making it one of the least developed nations on earth.
- PNG is a very difficult place for women. It arguably has the highest rate of gender violence and rape in the world. In addition, 1 in 110 women die in pregnancy / childbirth, which is 72 times more likely than in a developed nation.
- There are approximately 5 doctors per 100,000 people in PNG. The U.S. has almost 50 times that number with 242 doctors per 100,000. To make that statistic a little more relatable, the city of Erie, PA, with a population of just over 100,000 people, would have only 5 doctors for the entire city.
- Annual spending on healthcare per capita in PNG is $92/year. The average American spends 100 times more per year at $9,403!
How Kudjip Hospital is Helping:
Kudjip Hospital is a 130-bed hospital located in the Western Highlands of PNG. Kudjip employs 230 staff from all over PNG that serve alongside missionary physicians. There are currently 5 General Practitioners, 3 General Surgeons, and 1 Pediatrician (and a soon to be ER doc). There are no medical or surgical sub-specialists. There is also a nursing school on the hospital compound. Kudjip Hospital’s occupancy rate is typically between 98-100%.
The hospital has 5 wards – pediatric, surgical, medical, obstetric, and tuberculosis. Patients pay minor outpatient and surgical fees which are reasonable based on the local economy. Fees are deferred when appropriate. Kudjip receives its support through many sources, such as World Medical Mission, the Church of the Nazarene, and the PNG government. Medical supplies are also supplied through the Nazarene Health Foundation (http://www.nazarenehospitalfoundation.org/).
Tammy and I are so excited to be a part of the community at Kudjip, meeting the needs of individuals physically, as well as spiritually! If this ministry also resonates with you, please contact us for ways to get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are still looking for additional support through prayer and finances. We recently reached the 50% mark for our fundraising goal! Please see our “Donate” tab at the top of this page for more information about partnering with us to provide essential services to this amazing and underserved region of the world.