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Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:49

Heath Workers Graduate

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Thirty ninth CHW Graduation Class Thirty ninth CHW Graduation Class Fr Nelson Mattew

The Mother of the Divine Shepherd Community Health Workers Training School celebrated its thirty ninth graduation in Mendi.

The school was founding over 40 years ago by Sister Gaudentia Meier, FSDP (pictured in the photo standing next to the bishop) and the late Bishop Firmin Schmidt, OFM Cap., the First Bishop of Mendi.  At that time the school was located in Det; now it is located at the main mission station in Mendi.

The school strives to respond to the health care needs of the people of the Diocese of Mendi and beyond... especially those living in rural areas where the government health care system has not proven to be very efficient or successful.  The diocese is comprised by the Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province of Papua New Guinea.

Students after completing a vigorous full-time, two-year program of study and practical experience receive a certificate as Community Health Workers.  They form the backbone of many rural clinics in remote villages where there are just not enough Registered Nurses to go around.

In his homily at the Graduation Mass, Bishop Donald spoke of health care workers as missionaries of mercy who are sent to participate in the Church's mission of care and compassion for those who suffer in the footsteps of Jesus.

Congratulations Graduates!


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