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).
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.
Active TB drug safety monitoring and management will be used as an entry point to strengthen Papua New Guinea’s pharmacovigilance system. According to the WHO, this system can be strengthened by establishing Medicines and Therapeutics Committees (MTCs) in public hospitals, through programmes such as TB as an entry point.
Health workers in Arawa, Bougainville, now have increased ability to access latest health information, virtually free of charge. This follows a five-day course on HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month. Since 2016, WHO has brought together over 150 health professionals from 10 provinces of Papua New Guinea under a series of HINARI workshops, with Arawa being the latest.