UNDP provides new vehicle to Family Support Centre in Bougainville

Mar 17, 2017

UNDP Peace Building Fund Coordinator Mr. Lawrence Bassie hands over keys to a new vehicle for the Family Support Centre in Buka to the ABG Minister for Health Hon. Dennis Lokonai. Credit: Jessica Siriosi/UNDP

Port Moresby, 16 March 2017    A new Toyota Land Cruiser, donated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bougainville, will help more people access healing and counselling services and trauma monitoring provided by the Family Support Centre (FSC).

The vehicle will enable youth, ex-combatants and other vulnerable groups to access trauma counselling services. The donation is part of the United Nation’s Peacebuilding Fund’s support to the Centre in collaboration with the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) Department of Health.

The vehicle was handed over at a ceremony at Buka General Hospital on Thursday 16 March attended by Vice President of the Autonomous Region Of Bougainville Hon. Raymond Masono who said:

“The vehicle we are receiving today is meant to be an enabler of the Family Support Centre’s work making it more efficient with its limited staff, to be able to reach out to the remotest communities to ensure that the communities are informed about the services available for them in the health facilities,” the Hon. Masono said.

Minister Masono thanked the UNDP for its continued support to the region in ensuring all sectors of peacebuilding are addressed equally under the peace fund.

“I applaud the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund support administered through UNDP in Bougainville and the impact it is making on the lives of our communities.”

The vehicle was handed over to the ABG Minister for Health Hon. Dennis Lokonai  by the UNDP Peace Building Fund Coordinator Mr. Lawrence Bassie in the presence of key portfolio managers in the ABG Department of Health and other senior government functionaries,

Minister Lokonai  thanked the UNDP for the support and urged the Health department to use it for its intended purpose and to take good care of the asset.

Low cost community interventions to deal with post conflict trauma are key components of the United Nations Peacebuilding Priority Plan, which includes trauma healing and counselling services at the community level.

Article by Jessica Siriosi

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