Construction of New Houses For Health Workers in Middle and South Fly Health Program
The provision of suitable infrastructure for the delivery of health services is an integral component of the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) an initiative of OTDF and the CMCA Communities. CMSFHP is pleased to announce that Avenell Engineering Systems (AES), in partnership with Rhodes PNG, has been contracted to construct seven houses across CMCA areas of Middle and South Fly.
Launched in July 2013, the five year program works in partnership with current health care providers to improve health outcomes for people in the region. The supply of housing for staff of health facilities is an important recruitment and retention strategy to increase the number of health workers in the region.
In consultation with partners, it was agreed that CMSFHP would construct a number of houses for the staff of health facilities at prioritised locations in Middle and South Fly in 2014. CMSFHP has undertaken a rigorous tender process to identify a suitable company to carry out this work. Following this process, AES has been contracted to construct a house at each of the following locations:
- Bosset – Middle Fly
- Kuem – Middle Fly
- Suki – South Fly
- Wasua – Middle Fly
- Tapila – Middle Fly
- Mipan – Middle Fly
- Aiambak – Middle Fly
Abt JTA is the implementing partner of the CMSFHP responsible for the overall program delivery. At the signing of the contract, Abt JTA Program Director Geoff Scahill noted that each house will include: 3 bedrooms; living room; led lighting in all rooms; solar power to supply each house with lights and hot water; and rain water tanks. The location of each individual house will dictate whether they are high set or low set and the type of toilet facility incorporated. This is an exciting initiative that will help strengthen the ability of our partners to deliver health services in the region. We look forward to working with AES to construct the houses.