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Papua New Guinea has the largest HIV epidemic in the Pacific Region. Since 2007, CDC has been partnering with the government to expand and enhance the national HIV/AIDS program. CDC’s assistance emphasizes collaboration with stakeholders and partners and complementing this expertise with skills and experience from abroad to help implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and build a stronger national health system.

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Papua New Guinea at a Glance

Population: 7,034,000
Per capita income: $2,260
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 64/60 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 58/1000 live births
Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare, 2010
  1. Lower-Respiratory Infection 17%
  2. Cancer 11%
  3. Diabetes 7%
  4. Tuberculosis 4%
  5. Ischemic Heart Disease 4%
  6. Chronic Kidney Disease 3%
  7. Malaria 3%
  8. Stroke 3%
  9. Diarrheal Diseases 3%
  10. HIV 2%

What CDC Is Doing

  • National external quality assurance (EQA) system for HIV testing is saving lives and reducing costs.
  • Five regional hospitals are using HIVQUAL-PNG to improve the quality of care and treatment for people living with HIV.
  • A database-driven national HIV surveillance and M&E system was developed and is now used by PNG epidemiologists.
  • Hundreds of health workers have been trained to deliver improved HIV services, such as pediatric care.
  • Page last reviewed: April 6, 2015
  • Page last updated: April 6, 2015
  • Content source: Global Health
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