Founding PHP: PNG Health Project
Updated: Jan 22, 2019
Stumped for an answer to the question, "How did you come up with this project?", I often reply with a non-committal "I don't know".
"Here is my attempt at a better answer! I was born in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a developing country, and my goal is to give back to my motherland. I wanted to make a difference, but I didn't know how. It was only when I joined a Teddy Bear Hospital adventure that I had a 'light-bulb' moment. Initially, I felt inadequately skilled, but I eventually pitched my idea to some friends. I was so surprised with their overwhelming positivity, and we collectively decided to create a health literacy program aimed at bridging the health gap in PNG.
PHP was born!
PHP would benefit PNG students, whose health literacy is limited at best, whilst also benefiting the medical students who run the program. They would have the opportunity to use their passion for medicine and global health to teach and be taught, to inspire and to be inspired, to develop leadership skills, and to travel and create meaningful connections. As medical students, we can make tangible differences for good in the world. My family and I shouldered much of the groundwork for the 2017 pilot project. It was an enormous challenge, but I was so driven by the end goal that my passion helped push me through. The lasting effects continue to humble and inspire me. I am grateful to God for this incredible opportunity, and to my friends and family for sharing this dream with me.
PHP hosted its second annual trip in August 2018 reaching over 2000 students, all thanks to the hardworking PHP 2018 team. We endeavour to continue this project for years to come and we encourage our fellow medical students to get on board with this fantastic initiative."
Founder of PNG Health Project