Nautilus Minerals is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the communities located nearest to the Solwara 1 Project site. The health and wellbeing programs are intended to result in sustainable and high impact improvements in the areas of infectious disease, maternal and infant mortality, and service delivery and infrastructure.
On March 30, 2016 Nautilus signed a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the New Ireland Provincial Government (NIPG). This PPP will oversee the delivery of a health program which forms part of the Nautilus Minerals Corporate Social Responsibility program for its Solwara 1 Project. Under the PPP, Nautilus will fund annual health outreach programs in the communities located nearest to its Solwara 1 Project site. These programs will be aligned with Provincial and Local Level Government plans and strategies.
The aim of the PPP is to achieve measurable improvements in community health outcomes, with a focus on maternal/infant health and infectious disease control. In addition to the improved health outcomes expected from the outreach programs, New Ireland health workers will be provided with the opportunity to work with experts and external health professionals which Nautilus will engage to assist it in the implementation of the programs. It is hoped that this capacity building aspect of the partnership will have a long lasting positive impact on community health. We look forward to working alongside our partners to deliver a high impact health program for the communities along the west coast of New Ireland.
In Q2 2015, Nautilus Minerals completed a Health Baseline Study along the west coast of New Ireland Province. The aim of the study, which was completed in partnership with the Provincial Government, was to identify opportunities to improve community health outcomes on the west coast of New Ireland. Nautilus engaged specialist consultants Abt JTA to complete this study on our behalf. The results of this study have been made available to all levels of government and key stakeholders.
The study involved two pieces of work; a detailed desk top study and onsite data collection in five health centres identified by NIPG and Nautilus. The outcome of the study is a report which outlines opportunities for Nautilus and all stakeholders to improve health outcomes.
In September, NIPG and Nautilus held a workshop in Kavieng to discuss the Abt JTA report and to prioritise potential health programs. The workshop was attended by representatives from the New Ireland Department of Health, National Department of Health (NDoH), Kavieng Hospital, Healthcare workers, Faith Based Organisations and aid agencies. The broad range of attendees ensured the discussion was focused and aligned with government plans and strategies. It was agreed by all participants that the next step is to establish a Public Private Partnership (PPP).
To view a copy of the report please click here.
Nautilus’ first major CSR program is our Water and Sanitation Program. This program is part of our holistic health program which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of community members in the CAB. We have aligned our program with the New Ireland Provincial Government's WASH program. As children are seen as the catalysts for promoting generational changes in behaviour, we decided that during the initial stages of this project we will focus on primary and elementary schools in the CAB. The communities have welcomed this approach as most schools do not have access to a clean water supply or toilet facilities and they are looking forward to the program coming into their homes.
Our Water and Sanitation Program commenced in 2014 with a pilot program which was implemented at two schools. The pilot was a great success with positive results already been recorded by teachers in the areas of student attendance and overall willingness to learn. Following the success of the pilot program we have committed to implementing the program in all schools in the CAB.
ATprojects, a local PNG based company, has been contracted to deliver the program on our behalf. The program is delivered in two parts:
Firstly, an ATprojects’ specialist delivers education sessions on the benefits of good health and hygiene practices following the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) methodology as a motivational tool for change. CLTS is an approach which focuses on promoting a change in sanitation behaviour through community participation, rather than solely building toilet facilities. Once community members understand and accept the benefits of good hygiene practices they take ownership of the process of building and utilising new toilet facilities.
Secondly, the team builds water supply and sanitation infrastructure. We construct a water supply solution which provides the schools with a continual supply of clean drinking water and toilet facilities designed for the school environment.
Following the school program we are looking to implement a similar program in villages with the ultimate goal of achieving Open Defecation Free Communities in the CAB.
As at the end of Q1, 2016 we have completed 15 schools out of the 29 schools identified to receive this program.