About WHO in Papua New Guinea

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the technical agency responsible for health within the United Nations system. It provides leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

The WHO Representative in Papua New Guinea (PNG) role is to support the National Department of Health (NDoH) in providing technical assistance for policy-making in achieving sustainable health programs and development in PNG. This involves a wide range of technical guidance and cooperation, to ensure that essential health care is accessible to most to most of its citizens. The WHO (PNG) was established shortly after the country’s independence in 1975. Its focus has evolved around communicable disease programs (tuberculosis, malaria, immunization, and later HIV) to one which strengthens wider health system. WHO works closely with Ministry of Health and other development partners and stake holders to promote the global and regional health goals to achieve good health for Papua New Guinea citizens.