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July 2016

by Dr Ben Tassie

By | Disaster Strikes Gizo Hospital Twice | No Comments

Today we have received confirmation that the original Gizo hospital, damaged in the 2007 tsunami has now been burnt to the ground as a result of a fire that is believed to have started in the psychiatric inpatient ward.
Although the new hospital has not been affected the psychiatric unit, and many of the public health and administrative offices have been reduced to cinders.


View of the old Gizo hospital burning.
DAISI® is calling for volunteers and sponsors to help deal with the clean up required. As we speak seven DAISI® volunteers are in Gizo helping with the medical relief.
Please consider volunteering or  donating to DAISI®. Every dollar counts and will go towards the clean up effort.

Dr Ben Tassie is a surgical SRMO at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Ben spent 10 weeks in Gizo in 2015 as a rotation from St Vincent’s helping to run the emergency department alongside the A+E nurses. While he was there, he visited Helena Goldie Hospital on a weekly basis. Ben is committed to ongoing humanitarian work with Gizo hospital.

by Petra Breiting

By | Fresh Drinking Water at Gizo Hospital | No Comments

We have finally been able to supply clean drinking water to Gizo hospital.  This is great news for the patients of Gizo hospital, who had to buy their own bottled water for drinking, as until recently the pumped water was brackish and only able to be used for grey water systems. Drinking water had to be bought or sourced from the island of Kolambangara, which is almost 20km away.

The water treatment unit is manufactured by the Swiss company Trunz which manufactures and distributes solar and wind powered water purification and desalination systems as well as energy supply systems for remote locations, and I thank them for their generous contribution.

The system delivers 600 liters of clean potable water per hour with Storage tanks to provide a back up supply.

Please consider donating to DAISI®. Every dollar counts and we are very grateful for your support. Petra is just one of the many inspiring people our group supports. By donating to DAISI®, you are saving and improving lives every day.

Petra Breiting is a registered nurse from Switzerland, with more than 30 years nursing experience, who was involved in training theatre staff at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara in 2000.  She was also instrumental in the above project at Gizo hospital to provide more accessible clean drinking water.