Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided technical assistance (TA) to Papua New Guinea (PNG) since 2007 through cooperative agreements with the World Health Organization (WHO) and HEALTHQUAL to collaborate with the National Department of Health (NDOH), Provincial Health Authorities and other partners. The CDC-PNG Office was established in 2012 to build capacity and support health system strengthening to impact the PNG HIV/Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.
Enhancing Surveillance and Health Information Systems: CDC builds in-country capacity to design, implement and evaluate HIV/AIDS surveillance systems and improve national health information systems to collect, store, analyze and use high-quality data essential to HIV prevention, and treatment decision-making.
Strengthening Health Systems: CDC partners with the NDOH and WHO to strengthen the local healthcare workforce in order to improve clinic quality, thus improving HIV treatment, the adoption and rollout of national HIV guidelines, and strengthening of organizational governance and management systems.
Strengthening Laboratory Systems: CDC collaborates with the NDOH and WHO for laboratory International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation to improve HIV related testing. Through Technical Assistance (TA) provided to Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) of the NDOH, CDC-PNG works to increase testing capacity and improve test quality, timeliness and reporting. Laboratory priorities include quality assurance for rapid HIV testing and other related HIV testing, ensuring accurate results are provided to clients, and strategizing for scale-up of viral load testing.
Building Sustainable, Country-owned Programs- HIV Treatment Quality Improvement (QI): CDC in partnership with WHO PNG and HEALTHQUAL International, has assisted NDOH to formulate the national HIVQUAL framework, to improve the quality of HIV treatment through monitoring of quality indicators and implementing QI projects. Endorsement of HIVQUAL as a NDOH policy of HIV program emphasizes all stakeholders involved in HIV Treatment to improve quality.