PNG Disable Board receives grant from NDOH

The PNG Disable Board has received a K100 000 grant from the National Department of Health.

This grant as per the board’s revised budget, will go to assisting services provided for the 15 percent population of Papua New Guinea living with disabilities.

And one key area is Community based rehabilitation, according to Interim Chairman, Ben Theodore.

Theodore noted three main issues - assistive device, psycho-social community and the curriculum being more inclusive in order to address disability equally across the board.

“We would like to use these funds to address this three areas under the health component of the community based rehabilitation,” he said.

He then stressed on inclusiveness for PLWD as to providing the reasonable accommodation for them to equally participate in service delivery.

The funding will be spread across at least 30 of its registered affiliates through the country to assist in local programs.

He assured the health secretary Pascoe Kase that the funds will be properly acquitted and reports submitted for accountability and transparency wise.

Kase said this group of people are not ill and wanted them to contribute meaningfully to other society and also have a good welfare life.

Gloria Bauai