When people are shifted out of detention they are also then left without reliable or affordable health care. There is no PBS style scheme for the men in PNG, and so it can cost hundreds of kina (Au$1 = approx. 2.5 kina) to get a single medication, and with the extremely small and inadequate income that the men moved into the transit centre or into the community on the mainland have to live off, they are frequently left unable to access necessary medications.
Gifts for Manus and Nauru aims to provide emergency access to necessary medications when the men are unable to access their medications themselves, by ordering and paying for the prescriptions so they can then pick them up from the pharmacy.
But we desperately need donations to pay for these.
As more and more men are shifted out of detention, and as the health care provided is scaled back, this need is continually growing.
Donations to pay for medication can be made to the following bank account:
Gifts for Manus and Nauru Incorporated
BSB: 034279 (Westpac)
Please see our ‘how to donate’ page for information on record keeping for tax purposes.