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Save the Children’s programs in Papua New Guinea provide essential health and education services for children and their families.
We’ve been working with governments, local partners and communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for more than 35 years. We provide basic health services, combat the growing HIV crisis and improve access to early childhood education.
Why we work in PNG
PNG is an incredible mix of diverse cultures, landscapes and languages. And this linguistic diversity and rugged geography contribute to PNG’s many developmental challenges. Roads and infrastructure are underdeveloped and many communities remain isolated and cannot access services.
Women and children in PNG continue to die from treatable and preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, TB and diarrhoea. Life expectancy in PNG is still very low (65 for women compared with 84 in Australia), and under five child deaths remain high.
HIV/AIDS continues to be a significant challenge. According to various sources HIV cases have been have been recorded as increasing at a rate of up to 30 percent annually in some locations, with at least 2,000 new infections reported each year nationally. (Source: UNAIDS).
Save the Children’s work in PNG
Our programs in PNG focus on sexual reproductive health, malaria treatment and prevention, and improving early childhood education.
Through our sexual reproductive health project, we focus on helping the people most at risk of unsafe sexual behaviour, including adolescents. We work with the government and communities to raise awareness about the dangers of HIV and provide support for people already affected.
We have also just completed a 15-year Maternal and Child Health program that assisted more than 200,000 people with primary healthcare services through a network of more than 1,000 Village Health Volunteers and rural health centres.
Using the established Village Health Volunteers network, our new Management of Malaria program diagnoses and treats affected children and adults and educates communities about how to prevent the disease.