A flagship project has been the US $3.1 million initiative to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality rates in Papua New Guinea. The two-year program, led by Houston-based Texas Children’s Hospital and partner Baylor College of Medicine, supports the deployment of public, pediatric and maternal health specialists to the University of PNG School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as doctor teaching support at the Port Moresby General Hospital to strengthen the education of health care professionals.
Two major partners, the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) and Population Services International, have worked closely with the Project to implement public health initiatives for Project communities. A key component of PNGIMR research has been the Integrated Health Demographic Surveillance System program that provides valuable health and demographic data about communities within the Project area. The data, which focuses on infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and noncommunicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes, helps the Project focus on specific health programs for the national workforce and is available for government policy makers to inform broad-based health strategies.
The Project has constructed and opened the National Infectious Disease Diagnostic and Research Laboratory in Port Moresby, while also renovating local clinics and providing a water supply for Kikori Hospital.
K49 million (U.S. $22.1 million) invested in health-related projects and support for health institutions
130 pieces of valuable medical equipment delivered to three hospitals and nine clinics in partnership with the PNG Tribal Foundation
70,000 people surveyed as part of the Partnership in Health Program to understand the spread of disease
12,225 people have received awareness training on water-related diseases, sanitation and hygiene
53 scholarships provided for advanced training of health care workers and pre-service students