Here in Papua New Guinea there are no accurate records of the number of infections relating to improper waste disposal methods in our rural health facilities. But a visit to any of the countries small rural health facilities will in all probability demonstrate that waste is more often than not disposed of with little or no consideration to cross infections.  The availability of low-cost appropriately designed incinerators is a real issue faced by all health facilities in Papua New Guinea. And after reviewing what was available it seems that there are no incinerators readily available that are suitable for the small rural health facilities. Also the commercially available incinerators did not address the problem of disposing of the waste once it that been burnt in the incinerator, that is if the health facility has access to power. And while some of these incinerators deposited the burnt waste in used 200lts (44gal) drums, these drums also need to be disposed of. After reviewing the problem we were able to develop a design for a simple incinerator that not only could be made in our workshop, but would also solve the problem of what to do with the waste once it has been burnt. This design uses a cylindrical firebox (volume = 0.03 square metre) and a grate system that is able to rotate a full 90 degrees, thus allowing the burnt waste (and un-burnt sharps) to be disposed of into a 3m pit that the incinerator is mounted on. The incinerator is designed to be operated in an open space a minimum of 20m away from buildings. Incinerator installation can be done by ATprojects or the purchaser and ATprojects can help by providing a short installation training program. This training can be designed around a actual installation in a clients health facility. For more information on this training contact us. ATprojects has a simple fibreglass mould that produces a round incinerator base. For more information contact: steve@atprojects-png.org



As of this month the iRAMP program currently includes 24 remote airstrips in the 4 Provinces. These airstrips are:
Enga Province – Elem, Iropeno, Lapolama, Maramuni & Yangis Rural Airstrips

Jiwaka Province – Amblua, Giramben, Koinambe. Kol & Tsandiap Rural Airstrips

Madang Province – Junkaral Rural Airstrip

Western Province – Debepari, Fuma, Gubam, Hesalibi, Honinabi,Kapal, Kawito, Kiriwo, Kondobol,Lake Campbell, Mougulu, Wawoi Falls, Yehebi Rural Airstrips

 The first stage of the iRAMP process is to carry out a consultation visit where each proposed community discusses the project and signs a partnership agreement to undertake the project. At this meeting suitable community persons are nominated to form a Project Committee and mower operators are identified, and we currently have 48 volunteers

The iRAMP [Integrated Remote Airstrip Maintenance Program] is intended to support remote communities to maintain airstrips in Papua New Guinea. The program is by the National Government of PNG [via the Rural Airstrip Agency] with ATprojects as the project implementer, in support of remote communities. As soon as these airstrips are reliably maintained with grass being cut and drains maintained there will be more frequent flights into these airstrips and people living in these remote areas will have access to better health, education and general transport services. Since most of these rural airstrips are presently poorly maintained, very sick people and pregnant women who have complications during birth die while waiting for a plane to land. The program is also important as it will help people to help themselves, with a sense of community ownership.



Everyone at ATprojects welcome you to a new and exciting year and we hope you will find our 2017 blogs informative and they will help you understand what we do. So lets start ……

The Education Department, in collaboration with Unicef and other NGO sector organizations [including ATprojects], conducted a workshop late in 2016 to develop standard guidelines for water, sanitation and hygiene in schools in PNG. The guidelines were in line with the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Policy 2015-2030. As we all know hygienic and healthy school learning environment is a critical element to prevent disease and facilitate children to access quality education with comfort, pride, dignity and convenience. To promote hygienic and healthy learning environment, it is important to install child friendly gender sensitive toilet facilities, arrange hand-washing facilities with soap or ash close to the toilets and ensure they are used and maintained; provide safe water for drinking in school; and put in place hygiene promotion program to sustain behaviour change. Anyone wishing to receive a draft copy of these guidelines can contact steve@atprojects-png.org.