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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has the largest HIV epidemic in the Pacific Region. Since 2007 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have partnered with the government of PNG to expand and enhance the national HIV/AIDS program. The CDC approach to technical assistance in PNG emphasizes collaboration with national stakeholders, in-country partners (such as WHO), and other U.S. agencies (such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of Defense) to build local capacity through mentoring and coaching for PNG’s provincial and national-level government. CDC, where necessary, provides its expertise with skills and experience from abroad to help implement the national HIV/AIDS strategy and to strengthen the national health system.

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CDC office (physical presence)
1 U.S. Direct Hire
5 Locally Employed

At a Glance

Population: 8.2 million
Per capita income: $2,800
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 65/61 years
Infant mortality rate: 46/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau Fact Sheet, 2016

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare, 2010

  1. Lower-Respiratory Infection
  2. Ischemic Heart Disease
  3. Stroke
  4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  5. Diabetes
  6. Road Injury
  7. Iron-Deficiency Anemia
  8. Asthma
  9. Diarrheal Diseases
  10. Neonatal Preterm Birth Complications

Source: GBD Compare, Papua New Guinea, 2015

What CDC Is Doing


Enhancing Surveillance and Health Information Systems expanded

CDC builds in-country capacity to design, implement, and evaluate HIV/AIDS surveillance systems, and to improve national health information systems to collect, store, analyze, and use high-quality data essential to HIV prevention, care, and treatment. With a focus on data-driven decision-making, CDC supports PNG’s National Department of Health (NDOH) in expanding the functionality and utility of the HIV Patient Database, the national HIV electronic health record system to improve patient care and to integrate HIV quality improvement (HIVQUAL) measures to improve the quality of care provided. CDC, in collaboration with WHO, is working to improve the timeliness and accuracy of data collection and reporting by the National HIV Surveillance Program through technical expertise in health informatics to guide the development of the information systems utilized.

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Building Sustainable Programs: HIV Care and Quality Improvement

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  • Page last reviewed: June 30, 2017
  • Page last updated: June 30, 2017
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