Health and Education

Papua Partners are working with our partners to create new models of how health and education can best function in remote areas, as well as tackling issues that are blocking change to these sectors.  

We also help our partners access and manage funding, which is often closed off to local indigenous organisations.


Women health promoters in Bokondini have been carrying out HIV and AIDS awareness sessions at local churches, with over 500 men and women attending.  They want to build their capacity further and have just finished the first stage of their training to become Community Health Workers with one of our partners Yasumat.  Find out more here.

Read about the impact of Papua Partners work with Yasumat in this interview with Yepina Matuan, one of the Yasumat trainers.






In villages in the central highlands of Papua, primary school children can live anywhere between one hour to eight hours, or more, from the local government primary school.  Their walk to school consists of tackling steep mountain trails and crossing fast rivers.  Many children do not get to primary school at the proper age, and some never go at all.  Their lives start out at a disadvantage.

Some children go to government schools where teachers are absent most of the time, only showing up during exam time.  To respond to this challenge, our partner, Yasumat, has established ‘parallel schools’. Once a community decide that they really want education in their village and are committed to running their own school, Yasumat partners with the local church and village leaders to set up a school.  Currently there are 45 of these schools scattered through remote highland villages, providing basic education to over 8,000 children.  These schools are run by voluntary teachers who are chosen by the local churches and their communities and trained by Yasumat.

Find out more about the Yasumat teacher training program


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