Reference : V-P-PG-E-00210
Date : 20/10/2016
Country/Region : PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Caption : Hela province, Tari. Jessie Bluno is a health worker, he regularly treats victims of clan-based violence at the clinic where he works.
Photographer : STEVENS, Kate
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

“Health-care worker, Jessie Bluno, regularly treats victims of clan-based violence at his clinic in Hela Province, a region of Papua New Guinea rife with tribal conflict. While Jessie and his colleagues provide treatment to everyone affected by the conflict, this impartial approach is not always understood, or respected. Patients wounded in tribal warfare are treated quickly and sent home as soon as possible to prevent opposing tribes from attacking them at the clinic. Local fighters have also threatened Jessie and his colleagues not to treat wounded “enemies”, causing a general sense of fear and anxiety among workers at the clinic.

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 : 5760x3840
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour