2021 Rick Speare Memorial Fund awarded

Monday, August 9, 2021

The Baru Conservation Alliance have been awarded the the 2021 Rick Speare Memorial Fund grant to collect village level data that will improve the health of women and children in East Kwaio.

Lead applicant and Secretary of Baru Conservation Alliance, Mrs Dorothy Esau, explains the need for this work: “Collecting data is important to help us understand the health needs of women and children in the Kwaio mountains.”

In partnership with James Cook University, Baru Conservation Alliance will undertake a systematic census of women and children in the remote mountains of East Kwaio which will be a foundation to improved health services and thus greater wellbeing for many tribal communities in Kwaio.

This work will build on the current Baru Conservation Alliance conservation mapping project being led by Mr Maasafi Alabai, and the growing number of women and children’s health activities in Kwaio led by Dorothy.

Dr Kerry Kelly, wife of the Late Emeritus Professor Rick Speare and Rick Spear Memorial Fund Chair, has congratulated Baru Conservation Alliance saying, “Having baseline data is essential if we are to assess benefits from interventions.”

The Rick Speare Memorial Fund was established in 2019 in memory of Late Emeritus Professor Rick Speare, a Foundation Member of the Atoifi Health Research Group, who was tragically killed in a car accident. The Fund awards a grant each year for members of the Atoifi Health Research Group for projects in the East Kwaio region of Malaita, Solomon Islands.

For more information about this story, please email Mrs Dorothy Esau dorothy3esau@gmail.com

Photo supplied by Dorothy Esau (centre)