Who We Are
Christian Health Services (PNG), formerly known as the Churches Medical Council of PNG Inc, is an organization representing all churches involved in the health ministry at the provincial, regional, and national level. We are recognized by the National Government as the body that represents all churches providing health services in partnership with the Government.
At the national level, our Executive Director liaises with the National Department of Health, other government agencies, non-government agencies, and other partners and stakeholders in health to carry out functions and roles as mandated by the CHS Act and Constitution.
At the provincial level, our Executive Director works with the provincial health authority, depending on the number of church agencies involved with health work in a province. Additionally, a church government health liaison officer may be elected by the provincial or regional CHS to report to the Executive Director on all health work at the provincial level.
We are committed to working collaboratively with our partners and stakeholders to provide quality healthcare services to the people of Papua New Guinea.
Our Main Objectives
- To encourage and develop the highest level of Health; that is the physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects for all people supporting the framework of the national and provincial health policies.
- To encourage co-operation between member organisations.
- To give support to health workers and member organisations by providing means of worship, fellowship and Christian witness and the sharing of experience and knowledge in a common ministry of healing within PNG and the world.
- To promote co-operation between the churches and the government in matters of common interest.
- To give special consideration to the best possible ways of providing Community Health Services, training programs, joint planning and sharing of resources.
- To promote the ideas of:
- Full Human development,
- The caring community
- Social Justice
Christian Health Services encourages the Churches involved in health service to see their contribution in the following areas:
- A service which emphasises preventative and primary health care for all people.
- Commitment and dedication of continuity of services.
- Meeting the health needs of people in rural areas.
- Encourage self-reliance through involvement of the community in providing better health services.
- Training of health workers and manpower in rural areas.
- Finding new or alternative approaches to solving health issues.
- Active co-operation and partnership with the Government and CHS through the National Department of Health in planning and achieving objectives and targets of the National and Provincial health plans.