02 November 2017 - PNG is facing a public health emergency with the rapid rise of drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) in hotspot areas such as Western Province and the National Capital District.
Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) is projected to be the dominant strain in PNG in ten years if no action is taken.
12 SEPTEMBER 2017, PORT MORESBY - Last Friday, the National Department of Health (NDoH) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), on behalf of their governments, signed Meeting Minutes for the Project for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Pacific Region. The signing ceremony which took place in Port Moresby was witnessed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
7 September 2017 - Papua New Guinea has one of the highest neonatal mortality rates in the Western Pacific Region at 29 deaths per 1000 live births. A newborn baby dies every two minutes in the Western Pacific Region, whilst some 163, 000 newborn infants die each year, representing half of all deaths of children under five. In response, countries in the Region developed the Action Plan for Healthy Newborn infants in the Western Pacific Region (2014-2020), endorsed by the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in 2013.
Since 2013, eight priority countries with the highest burden of neonatal mortality including Papua New Guinea (Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Viet Nam) have begun implementing the Action Plan.
01 SEPTEMBER 2017 - A new guidebook to help PNG health managers effectively deliver health services within their districts is now available online and in hard copy. The guidebook, which was developed and published by the National Department of Health (NDoH) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), is intended to assist district health managers to effectively cope with their leadership and coordination roles in the provision of health services within their administrative districts.