Reference : V-P-PG-E-00195
Date : 25/10/2016
Country/Region : PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Caption : Southern Highlands province, Katiloma. Rowena, a missionary, in front of a clinic abandoned because of a tribal conflict.
Photographer : BOYLAN, Jessie
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery “Why is health care in danger in Papua New Guinea Highlands?”, 19 May 2017

“Rowena 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.”

As tribal conflicts unfold across the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, safe access to health care is increasingly under threat. In conflict-affected parts of the country, such as Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces, community health-care clinics lay in ruins, and the staff have fled for their lives.
These ongoing attacks against the health care system are leaving thousands without adequate access to health care. Pregnant women and the elderly are being forced to walk for several kilometres to find treatment."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour