Who We Are
Christian Health Services (PNG) or CHS formerly Churches Medical Council of PNG Inc is the organization representing all churches involved in the health ministry at the provincial, regional and national level. It is recognised by the National Gervernment as the body representing all the churches providing health service in partnership with the Government.
At the national level, the CHS Executive Director liases with the National Department of Health, other govenment agencies, non-government agencies and other partners and stakeholders in health to carry out functions/roles as mandated by CHS Act and Constitution.
At the provincial level, the Executive Director liases with the provincial health authority depending on the number of church agencies involved with health work in a province. There may be a church government health liaison officer elected by provincial or regional CHS to report to the Executive Director on all health work at the provincial level.
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.