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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

New Zealand Organisation donates Medical Supplies to North Malaita clinics as part of TARD community project

A New Zealand based voluntary organisation has donated forty boxes of medical supplies to four rural clinics in the North Malaita Constituency as part of a community development project by the To'abaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD).

The medical supplies which consist of medications, instruments, and other needed items were donated by the Medical Aid Abroad New Zealand (MAANZ) which has branches in Auckland and Christchurch. The Medical Aid Abroad New Zealand is a non profit voluntary organisation seeking to assist health work in developing countries through supplying surplus medical and dental supplies and equipments as well as providing back up support where appropriate. MAANZ is recognised by the New Zealand Ministry of Health, and supported by the New Zealand Medical and Dental Associations, the Conference of Churches of Aotearoa, the Red Cross Society, the Pharmaceutical Society, Volunteer Services Abroad, World Vision and others.

This is the first major community project that was successfully pursued by the youth intiated volunteer group, known as the To'abaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) which is based at the University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus. TARD is a unique volunteer group that was established last year by North Malaita students who are studying in various institutions in Fiji. The principal goals of TARD are to pursue potential community development aspirations in the North Malaita Constituency, upgrade community awareness on various important issues, and increase capacity building amongst North Malaita people to ensure informed decisions are made on initiatives that will benefit rural people.

The proposal containing the requests was submitted to MAANZ in July this year and since then they have ensured that the medical supplies are packed and shipped to Honiara. MAANZ has also endeavoured to meet the shipping costs from Auckland to Honiara. The forty boxes of supplies arrived in Honiara on September 31, and is now stored awaiting the students return from Fiji to Honiara next month before being transported to North Malaita for distribution.

The four rural clinics that will benefit from this donation include the Malu'u Area Health Center, Bita'ama, Gwaiau, and Fo'ondo clinics. Eventhough the supplies may be inadequate considering the population that needs medical attention at those four clinics, it is believed that these supplies will make a huge contribution to the well-being of service delivery to the rural people of North Malaita.

Therefore, on behalf of the members of TARD and the people of North Malaita we would like to officially thank the Executive officers of MAANZ and their team of volunteer specialists for having the confidence and commitment in TARD to assist our rural clinics in North Malaita. We believe that through this relationship, we can be able to access further assistance where appropriate.

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