International and Vocational Service 2010 - 2011

This year the core focus of international assistance has been to become the facilitator of the supply of much needed medical equipment, initially into PNG, then the other island nations within District 9600, and ultimately a broader range of third world countries

The concept evolved following an article in the District 9600 DIK Newsletter advising that the Madang Hospital was in dire need of a defibrillator. The Pine Rivers club arranged to purchase a unit (shown in photo above) on their behalf. District 9600 met half the cost with a grant and the unit was sent up to Madang, thanks to the DIK team.

Since that time Pine Rivers club has been able to establish a relationship with a medical equipment supplier to provide latest technology medical equipment at significantly reduced prices. The club intends to provide this opportunity through Rotary clubs in PNG.
We have contacted the clubs and are waiting for them to liaise with their respective hospitals, medical centres and GPs to find out what is needed.
We have already heard from Goroka club advising that the hospital there requires a suction pump and a surgical drill.

Again, with the financial assistance of District, we are in the process of purchasing the pump. Unfortunately, at this stage, the drill is beyond our finances and those of a number of SEQ clubs who have offered to assist, but have had their ability diminished due to the floods in our state.
We have recently received a request from the Port Moresby club for an ultrasound for the Kokoda Rotary Hospital and are in the process of scoping and costing the most appropriate equipment for the climatic and usage conditions in PNG.
The club’s international aim for 2011-12 is to aggregate a list of medical equipment, and gain sufficient financial support from the other SEQ clubs to apply for a Rotary International matching grant.