A beautiful flower at the CLTC administration building.

A trip to the Western Highlands and Jiwaka

Today I post in my hotel room from Mt Hagen, Western Highlands. I’ve travelled to the higher grounds of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to collect data for the Office of Higher Education’s (OHE) Annual Survey of Institutes of Higher Education (ASIHE).

A fog covered morning
A fog covered morning

It has been an interesting experience so far and I’ve visited some institutes in breathtaking locations like the Christian Leaders’ Training College (CLTC) and Nazarene School of Nursing in Jiwaka and the Holy Trinity Teachers’ College; just a few minutes’ drive from Mt Hagen.

A vegetable garden.
A vegetable garden.

This is my first trip to the highlands region and I’m absolutely amazed with the scenery and the weather. In the evenings and mornings, fog covers the area and gives a mystical feel about the place. However, the scene gets even more amazing when drive away from the metallic and concrete feel of the urban centers.

Away from the urban chaos, it seems like God hid a piece of Paradise in the mountains of PNG. The vegetation is just green – a nice contrast to the brown of Port Moresby. You can also see vegetables being grown by locals beside the road, a testament to the quality of soil. It makes you wonder why so many flock to the cities.

A beautiful flower at the CLTC administration building.
A beautiful flower at the CLTC administration building.

They die of Tuberculosis – Susan Merrell

Originally posted on Goilala's District Development Forum Blog:

Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, is an infectious disease caused by infection with the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium. Typically TB affects the lungs but it can also infect any other organ of the body. It is spread from person to person through the air when someone with ‘active’ TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sings, laughs or sneezes.

TB is now a single killer that is draining out the population of Goilala District single handedly.

With our health centers and Aid Posts ill equipped, shortage of medical supplies, and few to less willing medical Community Health Workers, Goilala people are left with little or no choice but to await death to knock on their door.

Its a pity really, when we have the capital of Papua New Guinea – Port Moresby – only a stone’s throw away from Goilala. Aren’t we supposed to have at least decent medical and health…

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The Green Beats

Police brutality goes viral

Police brutality has always been an issue in Papua New Guinea (PNG). However, word of mouth has been the medium to which these acts have been passed on, but with the advancement and affordability in technology, new ways are being used to expose the rot – like this video of police setting their dogs on someone accused of selling betelnut.

Warning! The contents of this video can be distressing.

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Unfortunately, this is not the only video that has made rounds on the web. Earlier this year a video of police forcing two straight men to make out caused uproar on social media.

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