About

Rumginae Hospital is situated in the remote Western Province of Papua New Guinea amidst the Aekyom people. Just 6 degrees South of the equator and 180 feet above sea level the climate is tropical (humidity 90%; annual rainfall 6m). Dense jungle, mountains, lowland swamps and a massive river system hamper communication and transport. In Papua New Guinea there are few doctors or allied health workers with limited medical supplies and little funding. The health needs of the people are great. Malaria, tuberculosis, meningitis and childhood malnutrition are common. HIV is becoming an increasing problem. 1 in 140 mothers die from pregnancy related complications (Aust: 1 in 8300), 1 in 19 children die before their first birthday (Aust: 1 in 200) and 1 in 12 children die before they turn five.

 

There are 6.2 million people in Papua New Guinea speaking over 700 languages.  An effective Christian health ministry needs to cross this barrier. Community Health Workers are trained at Rumginae for two years. These young men and women then provide health care in the villages.  They are supported from Rumginae by radio advice, medical patrols and ongoing training. Mission Aviation Fellowship aircraft stationed at Rumginae can be available for medivacs. Christian Community Health Workers have the potential to address the physical and spiritual needs of their people in their own language and culture.

 

“..and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b

In Papua New Guinea, traditional belief in magic and fear of evil spirits that cause illness and death is still strong. In times of illness, when people are looking for spiritual answers, the message of Christ’s victory over death brings freedom from fear. Our desire is to see staff, students, patients and the local people develop a firm biblical foundation, grow in their faith and continuously feed from God’s word.
 

‘I have come in to the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness’ John 12:46

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