Why are we there?

  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Health care exclusion
  • Sexual violence

Papua New Guinea: Latest MSF Updates


Our Work

This is an excerpt from MSF's 2015 International Activity Report:

MSF started supporting Gerehu hospital in Port Moresby in March 2015, to increase its capacity for screening, diagnosing, treating and following up patients with tuberculosis (TB).

Port Moresby is in National Capital District, where around 25 per cent of the people in the country suffering from TB live. In Gerehu, there are around 1,500 patients diagnosed with TB annually and the number of cases of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) is increasing. The next step for the project is to set up a dedicated TB unit at Gerehu hospital.

The TB program that opened in Gulf province in May 2014 was expanded this year, and the MSF team supported not only Kerema general hospital but also outreach activities in two health centers. In total, there were over 2,800 outpatient consultations and 2,347 people with suspected TB were screened. However, the lack of an effective follow-up system resulted in a high number of patients not completing their treatment. This loss to follow-up is of concern as it increases the incidence of DR-TB. In 2015, 15 DR-TB cases were detected and treated. In collaboration with the provincial authorities, MSF is developing a decentralized model of care so that people do not need to come to a medical facility so frequently.

Discussions between MSF and the authorities are ongoing to identify the best way to tackle TB in Papua New Guinea.

Treatment for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence

The Port Moresby Regional Treatment and Training project was handed over to the National Department of Health in 2015, and MSF started the gradual handover of Tari hospital. When this is completed, MSF will cease its activities treating victims of sexual and domestic violence in the country. While incidents of sexual, family and general violence remain high in Tari and the Highlands region, from April 2016 on wards the provincial health authorities will lead the response to meet the medical and psychological needs of people affected, and victims will still have access to vital services.


Surviving Sexual & Gender Based Violence in Papua New Guinea

At the end of 2015, MSF had 226 staff in Papua New Guinea. MSF first worked in the country in 1992.

Patient Story

Rachel, Lae

"He can bash me up badly. He can use iron, knives to threaten me. How can I fight him? He is a man and he has more strength than me.

He called me one time and was threatening me, saying, 'I’ll break your arms, I’ll break your legs.' That evening he came and surprised me and was chasing me around my big sister’s house.

He went to my workplace and my boss told me, 'You’re just new here, and seems like you are facing this problem. You are not going to work.' So I lost my job there.

When I share my problems with the counselors, I feel free, I don’t have a weight on my body. If I can stand in public and tell everyone, it’s good for me. They know I’ve gone through it and it can help them too."

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