MAF in PNG is one of our largest programs, providing life-changing service to the eight million strong population. Every year, we perform around 300 medevacs, saving hundreds of lives.

The Challenge

PNG-pic1PNG is mostly jungle-covered mountains or swamps and there are very few roads. For many communities, medical care is several days trekking away. In medical emergencies (broken limbs, snake bites, pregnancy and birth complications), getting help without MAF is next to impossible. Likewise, many communities depend on MAF’s air transport for access to school teachers, health programs and development agencies. By necessity, many landing strips on sharp ridges or cut out of the jungle resemble little more than a cricket pitch. They present just one of a multitude of challenges that have deterred other air operators, meaning the much of the eight million strong PNG population turns to MAF for access to help and hope. With some of the most extreme terrain in the world, combined with unpredictable weather, a MAF pilot’s skills are tested to their limit in PNG.

Our Operation

PNG-pic2MAF in PNG is one of our largest programs, providing life-changing service for much of the rural population. Every year, MAF carries over 36,000 passengers in PNG of which around 300 are medical emergencies, saving hundreds of lives. Delivering building materials for hospitals and schools, encouraging community development by transporting coffee and other produce from remote villages, MAF is a lifeline for many of the PNG nationals. Doctors, teachers and aid workers could not do their jobs without MAF to transport them over PNG’s challenging landscape.

MAF Technology Services (CRMF)

Partnering with MAF, CRMF (Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship) provides an HF radio network throughout PNG which typically forms the only communications link to the outside world for the most remote communities.

Evangelical Work

CRMF also provides training and Biblical resources via radio and supplies MAF pilots with a Biblebox to carry with them. Read more about Technology Services in PNG

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MAF in Papua New Guinea: A Week of Medevacs

The need for lifesaving flights is greater during some weeks than others. This particular week five people from different rural villages were medevaced by our pilots Joseph Tua and Jan Ivar Andresen. Saving several weeks on rough bush tracks and rivers with only a few minutes in the air. The first medevac of the week […]

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