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Standardizing TB service delivery in PNG


03 NOVEMBER 2017 - PNG’s National Department of Health through its National TB Programme in partnership with WHO has successfully completed two batches of Training of Trainers (TOT) using new standardized training modules for TB and drug resistant TB (DR-TB).

This TOT will help in nationwide capacity building of the trainers who in turn will roll out similar trainings at the provincial level

Partnership to address PNG’s multi-drug resistant TB challenge


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.

WHO commends PNG and Japan for committing to eliminate elephantiasis in PNG


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).

Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC): a high impact and low-cost intervention to save lives of newborn babies in Papua New Guinea


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.

A crucial guide for District Health Managers in PNG


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.

WHO Representative in
Papua New Guinea

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The World Health Organization
4th Floor, AOPI Centre, Waigani Drive
PO Box 5896, Boroko, Port Moresby
National Capital District
Tel: (675) 325 7827 Fax: (675) 325 0568
E-mail: wppngwr@who.int


Highlights from WHO Papua New Guinea

  • Breaking barriers in access to health information
    28 AUGUST 2017 - 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.
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