our work



Where we work

The focus of our work is in the villages that make up the Keram River area of the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. This area is renowned for it's wood carvings and the people are called the River People because they live on the many river systems that empty into the mighty Sepik River. They are resourceful people surviving on local produce of fish, wild pigs, cocoa, betelnut, coconuts and paw paws.

the Villages

Below is a photo of a map of the East Sepik Province showing in black pen the river system areas we have visited so far. The Melanesian Evangelical Church of Christ (MECOC) has invited us to this area due to the very high death rate of mothers and babies in their villages. Our aim is to give women health volunteers in remote villages of the Keram River area, training, visual aids and support to be able to pass on knowledge and skills to every household in every village. The education we provide will help the volunteers to teach the women in their village about family planning, healthy pregnancy, birth, nutrition and breastfeeding, and hygiene.

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below are details of different areas that living child relies on sponsorship for.
take a look and see what you could be a part of today.


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Village Health Volunteer

Care Groups is a system of clustering 8-10 village households that have mothers and children under 5. A Village Health Volunteer is assigned to each cluster of households. This volunteer gives simple health training to the families in that cluster twice a month, and gathers important vital statistics: who lives in the house, how many children under 5, any pregnant women, how many children have been vaccinated. She reports to a Team Leader.

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Team Leader

A Care Group Team Leader oversees 10 Village Health Volunteers. She meets up with her volunteers once a month to help prepare them for the next simple health lesson. She facilitates discussion about the lesson, collects vital statistics and provides opportunity to problem-solve any challenges. She reports to the District Midwife in Angoram.

Your donation will go towards training and transport costs for these volunteers, printing culturally appropriate teaching flip charts and other visual aids to assist the volunteers in this process of learning and understanding. The support for one volunteer costs about $250 for a year.





Equipment for Angoram District Hospital Maternity Unit

Living Child is partnering with the East Sepik Provincial Health Authority and Angoram District Administration to help reinstate quality Maternal and Newborn Services in the District. The government is upgrading the Maternity building and Living Child is committed to providing basic medical equipment so that the staff can provide a quality service.

Equipment such as:

  • IV Poles

  • Neonatal cots

  • Phototherapy lights

  • Oxygen concentrators

  • Blood Pressure machines, Fetal dopplers, Beds, Bedside table, Wheelchairs, Stainless steel instruments

Some equipment has been provided by funding from Melville Rotary. District Midwife Sr Linda Tano is leading the nurses in providing maternity care to women from the remote areas. We continue to purchase equipment as funds are available.



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 Training and Programmes



Training of a Health Worker

Living Child conducts professional development training for Health Workers in partnership with East Sepik Provincial Health Authority.  Australian volunteer midwives facilitate a two week upskilling training programme developed by the West Australian Department of Health, Global Health Alliance Program. Each participant receives a set of basic equipment costing $150 to be able to provide quality care to women and newborns. The equipment includes personal blood pressure cuff, tape measure and stethoscope. 


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Mens Health Training Programme

Living Child is developing a training package aimed at remote village men of all ages to help improve understanding of health issues affecting families. Our aim is to foster positive attitude towards women and girls in relation to sexual and reproductive health. The Australian government has awarded Living Child a Friendship Grant for 2019 to initiate this programme. Ongoing financial sponsorship for this programme will be appreciated.


Breastfeeding and Nutrition Programme

Breastfeeding is natural and beneficial but it doesn't always come naturally. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months and then to continue breastfeeding for at least 2 years. Women in remote villages face challenges to feed their newborns, introduce solids and provide a well-balanced diet for their growing children. This project is about gaining field insight into the nutrition of young babies and to develop a simple training package to address the issues.



Funding is needed to put together culturally appropriate training materials for these programmes.

Be a part of it.

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 community health workers

The Community Health workers from all over Angoram District are provided with training at Angoram District Health Centre using the Global Health Alliance Western Australia [GHAWA] Maternal & Newborn Care Course. The participants are given theoretical knowledge, get to practise their clinical skills and are assessed on basic midwifery competencies according to the International Confederation of Midwives

Your donation will be used to assist with costs associated with transport, accommodation and meals for the Community Health Workers coming for training.

Costs approximately $200 per Community Health Worker.


our Kits



Chlorhexidine AntisepticGel in Clean Birth Kits

Living Child is trialling the acceptability and feasibility of adding Chlorhexidine Gel to Clean Birth Kits. The antiseptic gel is applied to the umbilical cord stump of the newborn at birth and then for a further 6 days. This helps to prevent umbilical cord infections, a major cause of neonatal death. Living Child is coordinating this project and will evaluate feedback from the field. 

The kits are made up of:

  • a clean piece of plastic,

  • a pair of gloves,

  • a small piece of soap,

  • 3 pieces of clean string,

  • a sterile scalpel blade and;

  • 5 pieces of gauze. 

Living Child has received a grant from Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia to supply the kits. We need financial support to facilitate the addition of and monitoring of the antiseptic gel. 

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Days For Girls Menstruation Kits

Living Child is providing Days 4 Girls menstruation kits and access to care and education to young women in the local High School and remote villages. The kits are made by volunteers in Australia.

Each kit has:

  • 2 sets of washable sanitary napkins and liners

  • 2 pairs of underwear, soap, a face washer

  • a large ziplock bag to separately wash the soiled napkins and

  • a large drawstring bag to hold all the items

We need financial support to help pay for excess baggage to carry the kits up to PNG. It costs $100 to carry 50 kits in one suitcase.

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International Conference of Midwives 2020 

Sister Linda Tano and Sr Rhondy Ktumusi  are looking to present a paper on their work with Living Child in Papua New Guinea at the International Conference of Midwives in Bali 2020. There they can share about their work, learn about life saving maternal and child health programs, connect with other health professionals working in similar remote locations, and network. This is a wonderful opportunity for them. The costs per delegate for flight, accommodation and conference fees is approx. $3000. Please consider sponsoring them to attend.

Contribute to send Linda and Rhondy to Bali.


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