Oro Community Development Project (OCDP) is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organisation based in Australia and Papua New Guinea that supports communities in Oro Province, with a focus on training in education and health. Oro lies between the Owen Stanley Ranges and the north coast of PNG in a region that includes the Kokoda track.
Current projects include support for the general hospital at Popondetta, Oro’s capital, and St James’ Primary School at Hohorita, 20km from the main town.
Funding for these and other projects comes from generous and compassionate individuals, groups and Australian schools. As well, we actively seek out partnerships with government agencies, business, churches and other NGO’s.
Helping Babies Breathe
“No woman should die to give life.” So says former Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Health, the Hon. Dr Puka Temu who describes his nation’s maternal mortality rate as a national emergency. We agree and that is why OCDP is at the forefront of tackling this emergency through internationally recognised programs such as Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive.
The new Tuberculosis Ward, funded largely by OCDP donations, has led to a great improvement in the operation of Popondetta General Hospital. Patients with this highly infectious disease can now be isolated in a separate building in the hospital grounds. This is particularly important to stop the spread of multi-drug resistant strains of TB, which are more difficult to treat and are on the rise in Oro Province.
OCDP – Ten Years and Counting
Oro Community Development Project (OCDP) was established after the widespread destruction caused by Cyclone Guba in November 2007.
What began on a small scale to supply basics such as books and pencils, developed into a much larger commitment to help meet some of the province’s most pressing needs.