Projects 2002

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All projects are planned and realized in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health and are part of the official Health Service.


see also previous news 2001, 2002/1, 2002/2, and Picture Gallery 2

Dr. Patrick Houasia

Four year training of Dr. Patrick Houasia for the Diploma of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOA)
Start of training: July 2001

Dr. Silent Tovosia

Continuing eductation of Dr. Silent Tovosia (stay of several months in Australia planned for spinal surgery). Unfortunately, Dr. Tovosia has been wooed away to Cook Islands. There is hope, however, that one day he will return to Solomon Islands again.

Paul Saisal

Training of Paul Saisal in Cambodia as orthopaedic technologist

He has finished the first half of his three year training at CSPO at the end of August 2001. As a highly qualified specialist he will play an important role in orthopaedic surgery in Solomon Islands. His training is fully financed with donated money, and our thanks go to all who contributed to this project.

Marilyn Tohesanau Nesleen Pentani

Two operating nurses, Marilyn Tohesanau (left) and Nesleen Pentani, have attended and successfully completed the AO course in Brisbane in March 2002.

Rebecca Manehanitai

Nurse and midwife, Rebecca Manehanitai, attends the course "Adult Learners Trainers Program" at SICHE (SI College of Higher Education) since January 2002 and has not been able to pay the course fees of SBD 2,300 and training material costs of SBD 500 (about USD 400 total) up to now. The Ministry of Health does not pay for the course although Rebecca will later work as a teacher for other nurses. The Swiss association "South Pacific Medical Projects" supports and finances the continuing eduction of this very competent woman.

Pattison Taute

20-year-old Pattison Taute from the remote Tikopia-Island (Temotu Province) attends the Nurse Aid School in Malu'u, Malaita since June 2002. The training comprises a one year course followed by a six months practical training. At the end of 2003 he will return to his home island as a graduated nursing aid and will be the only person on the island with a medical training. Before attending the Nurse Aid School he worked as a volunteer at the microscope in a malaria laboratory for three months and learnt to diagnose malaria. The training costs of SBD 2,100 (about USD 300) a year are paid by the Swiss association "South Pacific Medical Projects".

Mary Loduha Everlyn Atu Nesleen Pentani

Training of Future Leaders: Three enthusiastic nurses (left to right: Mary Loduha, Everlyn Atu, and Nesleen Pentani) working at the National Referral Hospital are attending a course in Advanced Nursing at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. The program lasts for one year and will lead to a diploma in Advanced Nursing. Due to lack of public funding they could only continue attending the course because of financial support from "South Pacific Medical Projects".

Support of the Nurse Aid School Munda, Western Province with training material. About 20 Nurse Aids (providing basic health services in ambulatories) a year are trained at this location.

Support of the Nurse Aid School Malu'u, Malaita Province with training material



Setting up a Fracture Clinic in Honiara

Draining the corridors: Years ago the central air-conditioning system broke down and turned into a pile of scrap metal. In most rooms (surgical section, pharmacy, labs, etc) makeshift installations of small individual air conditioning units were made, often in windows facing corridors. The condensation collected in puddles on the floor in all those corridors, despite the fact that containers to collect the water were placed on the floor (and immediately used by hospital visitors to dispose of trash). During weekends, when nobody emptied the containers, they overflowed, and the water spread underneath the doors into the rooms . Except for Dr Oberli nobody worried or intended to do something about this intolerable situation. A local construction company has now installed 22 tin containers beneath the air-conditioning units to collect the condensation. These containers are drained through pipes, and now the corridors are dry again! The costs were approx. SBD 17,000 (approx. USD 2,350).

wet corridor trash in the old collector dry corridor new collector
previously detail now detail

Rainwater tanks (planned): Water supply is a continuing issue in the hospital, because often there is no tap water available. At the time the new hospital was built, rainwater tanks were simply forgotten, although water shortage is a well known problem in Honiara despite more than 3,000mm rainfall a year. Dr Oberli has now proposed to collect rainwater from all four roofs in the courtyard of the new Fracture Clinic, and to install aluminum tanks for 40,000 liters. A pump will feed the water into the hospital supply system. The project is expandable and costs around SBD 75,000 (ca. USD 10,300).

Container transports for collected goods.
The first container arrived in Honiara beginning of January 2002 and the second in mid December 2002.


Introduction of new techniques

Introduction of DHS-Technology (dynamic hip screw) for femoral neck fractures



Know-how transfer

Dr. Dieter Fenner

Dr. Dieter Fenner, volunteer doctor from Switzerland, is heading the Department of Internal Medicine since June 2001. Dr. Fenner returned to Switzerland end of June 2002.
His report (in German) can be found here.

Dr. Christian Himmelberger

Dr. Christian Himmelberger, volunteer doctor from Switzerland, works as registrar in the surgical department since mid-September 2002. He will stay for six months.