‘Youth With A Mission – Medical Ship Australia’ (YWAM MSA) provides the villages of Papua New Guinea, a country in which 84 percent of people live in remote rural areas, with eye, dental and other medical care. The Medical Ship is well-suited to accessing isolated coastal communities.
Medical care in Papua New Guinea
Just like in many less-developed countries, the standard of medical care in Papua New Guinea is simply insufficient. There are hardly any resources and doctors in rural areas often lack the experience and the equipment needed to detect infectious diseases like tuberculosis (TB). The Medical Ship is often the only opportunity for the people in remote parts of Papua New Guinea to receive assistance.
With approximately 30,000 people in the country newly infected with the TB bacteria every year, Papua New Guinea has one of the highest TB infection rates in the world. TB develops into a disease that destructs organ tissue – most commonly in the lungs. It presents symptomatically as a fever-like condition and can be fatal if left untreated.
Sputum Microscopy aboard a Medical Ship
ZEISS Primo Star iLED is now in use in the onboard lab. The LED-based fluorescence microscope is developed specifically for tuberculosis test applications. TB can either be analysed with Ziehl-Neelsen-Staining or fluorescence excitation, e.g. with Auramine O dye. “ZEISS Primo Star iLED with the camera has been an amazing tool for us to train Papua New Guinea nationals in remote regions in sputum microscopy”, says Jennifer Kurylowicz, Ships Medical Procurement & Recruitment Manager at YWAM Medical Ships, who just returned from three successful outreaches on board the MV YWAM PNG.
Get to know more about the project and understand the importance of sputum microscopy for TB in remote Papua New Guinea:
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