Thoughts

Hello my friends,

I have a lot of time on my hands and my mind does not stop. I hope somewhere in the following, you can find something useful or at least interesting.

. It seems to me that cafe would benefit with any connection to the hospital. Thinking of a fund raising tool for the hospital. A small packet of homemade biscuits. Similar to these.

Cheap but pretty homemade biscuits. Made for a few dollars each bag of 4/5 sold to public for double the price.

. Or a bag of honeycomb based on similar principles

Could be sold anywhere in Kimbe or PNG for that matter.

. I mentioned a morning tea for meetings at the hospital. Thinking something that is special to your cafe that others cannot do or cannot beat your price. Something to put the Z in morning tea.

. A foodpack for those going out in boats.

  • Speaking of Kimbe, how about clean Up West New Britan Campaign. Kids would love it as will be Fancy Dress. Obviously Council or Government involved
  • PNG Hunters to work with local clubs and police to organise Touch Football competion all over PNG. NRL and Rugby league in general have good links with Domestic Violence Prevention.
  • Set up Home Schooling to be available to the children you are supporting. I have done research and think I can present it. Just a matter of costs of books etc. Also PNG Curriculum or Australian. Just a crazy thought.
  • Please have a smile at these thoughts, but am hoping that they mi prompt ideas in your clever minds.
  • I also think that between you, my friends you have the connections to make these and many other community ideas happen

PNG

Quote from a friend

How many lives have to be sacrificed, through lack of basic human rights and basic services, to bolster the pride of some leaders through “status” projects like South Pacific Games and APEC?

Papua New Guineans are dying like flies; old, young, children, babies, mamas; because of the lack of even the most basic health services.

In the Human Development Index, PNG is ranked 154/188.
40% of our population is under the age of 14 years.
Infant Mortality Rate is 58/1000
Maternal Mortality Rate is 733/100,000
Gender Equity Index PNG is ranked 143/157
Only 28.6% of the population have access to potable water
Churches run about half of the Health and Education systems
PNG’s Human Development Index ranking is only above Timor Leste and Afghanistan in the Asia/Pacific region

How much was spent on staging the South Pacific Games? How much will hosting APEC cost the nation?
How many lives would that save if invested in our human capital, through basic health services?

How can priorities be so “off”?
Peoples lives are more valuable than prestige for a few…….surely!

As the sun went down yesterday, so did the life of a beautiful young man who died because PNG does not have adequate health services even in the capital Port Moresby. A young wife and little daughter now left heartbroken and alone.

For what? Smart buildings!

Those who make the decisions on priority spending will never face the loss and grief of this young family, because they all have access to world class health facilities overseas when they, or their family, get sick.

While the majority dig holes and bury their dead, the fat cats live in luxury.

Movement Global Mental Health Asia Pacific

The following is a summary of Mental Health issues in the area based on news reports and personal research.

Worldwide Poverty, Trauma, Human Rights Violations are common and cause Mental Health problems. Funding cuts by Governments are also common. Housing for the poor in Shanties, Slums etc also challenges the delivery of Services.

Drugs and Alcohol also are a huge issue as individuals cope with life with little hope. Suicide is a huge issue in Australia especially Indigenous. Lots of money spent on talking but little impact on data

Papua New Guinea has recently had an election. Questions are being asked re Democracy but observers have agreed to election result. Violence was very common during the election and has increased post election. Very concerned re PNG Women as zero were elected and domestic violence a serious problem with Corruption, Male Society, Support and Education all part of the issue.

Access to help is also an issue in PNG particularly in Highlands

Indonesia has overcrowding issues, refugee issues, security problems and stateless people often found in waters around Indonesia. Local elections also caused issues based on Religion. These seem to have calmed over time.

The delivery of Mental Health Services in the over crowded cities is a big issue and identifying those with Mental Health probs is a low priority. Human R abuse is not uncommon.

Malaysia and Hong Kong have the same issues that are common in the region. Overcrowding, service delivery, poverty. The extra is relationship with China. A big influence in service delivery and security.

Phillipines has issues in Safety. Islamic Extremists are fighting on the islands.

The President Duterte has his own war against drugs. Lots of lives lost in the slum areas and many children. Justice is not always part of the process. Poverty, and Human Rights Abuse common. Getting MH help to those that need it is a challenge

Bangladesh has numerous problems and MH is low on priorities. Poverty is at heart of it. Poorly paid and workers are often taken advantage of by international companies. Poor working conditions. Severe flooding during Monsoon season. Health must be a priority to allow Bangladesh to grow.

Adressing Poverty and Inequality are not just a priority for Bangladesh but the world

There are many areas that I have not mentioned but will next time. I want to mention Rohinga problen in Myanmar. Is having a big impact on the region. !!! It does seem a solvable problem with Negotiation. I trust Aung Sun Suu Kyi but will need support from the region

Finally, North Korea has increased insecurities in the region. Trauma is huge in the world but being prepared to support those who suffer Trauma urgently is essential.

Hope this little summary has been of interest. The MOVEMENT GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH is worth supporting