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Projects 2002

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


Dr Patrick Houasia

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

Dr Rooney Jagilly

Dr Rooney Jagilly attends the AO-ASIF course "Principles of Operative Fracture Treatment" in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, in March 2003. The course is tailor-made for developing countries.

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.

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".

Elizabeth Rongo Dency Saohu

Two OT nurses, Elizabeth Rongo (left) and Dency Saohu, attend the AO-AISF course "Basic Course for Operating Room Personnel" in Sydney, Australia, in March 2003.

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



Rainwater tanks: 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).

Removal 1 Removal 2 Removal 3
Removal... of the old air conditioning... makes room in the courtyard...
tanks rainwater
for the new tanks... for the rainwater

March 2003: Tanks and pipes are installed. Electricians from Switzerland will connect the three way valve for switching between water supply sources.

May 2003: Thomas Hodler and Andreas Gisler, two Swiss apprentices in their fourth year of training as electricians, installed the pump and the control unit (designed by Knellwolf Consulting). All costs of their visit (travel expenses etc.) as well as various components and supplies are paid for by their employer, the Elektrizitätswerke Altdorf (Electric Power Company Altdorf), Switzerland.

Our thanks go to all those who contributed to this successful mission.

Thomas and Andreas pump control unit
Thomas and Andreas... installed the pump and ... the control unit


Container transports for collected goods
One container left Switzerland in December 2003.

Transportation of wheel chairs to Lata Hospital (Temotu Province)

Maintenance and repair

By Ernst Knellwolf at the beginning of 2003:
Change of the OT lamp supply from dangerous 240V to 12V
Repair of several x-ray image intensifiers

Introduction of new techniques

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




Dr Christian Himmelberger

Dr Christian Himmelberger, volunteer doctor from Switzerland, works as registrar in the surgical department since mid-September 2002. At first he wanted to stay for six months, later he decided to prolong his stay. He returned to Switzerland in August 2003.

If you understand German, read his interim report after seven months.

Dr Theodor von Fellenberg

Dr Theodor von Fellenberg, volunteer doctor from Switzerland, works in the surgical department since December 2002. He will stay for six months. Dr von Fellenberg returned to Switzerland end of May 2003.

Dr Jon Andri Lutz

Dr Jon Andri Lutz, volunteer doctor from Switzerland, works as registrar in the surgical department since March 2003. He wants to stay for a year.