Papua New Guinea

A woman receives medical care at Tari Hospital, Hela Province, in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. She sought treatment for lacerations after her husband cut her with a knife on the back of her head and both hands.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA 2015 © Jodi Bieber
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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) scaled up capacity for tuberculosis (TB) screening, diagnosis, and treatment in Gerehu hospital in Port Moresby, where around 25 per cent of the country’s TB patients live. Mobile teams worked in the community to improve patient adherence to treatment. In Gulf province, MSF expanded its TB program to support two health centers as well as Kerema general hospital. Poor access to remote areas and the lack of an effective follow-up system have resulted in a high number of TB patients not completing their treatment. MSF continued to promote a decentralized model of care to improve outcomes. By the end of 2016, MSF had initiated treatment for 1,819 patients with drug-sensitive TB and 24 with drug-resistant TB.

In March, MSF launched the report “Return to Abuser,” which exposes gaps in services and systems that keep women and girls trapped in cycles of severe domestic and sexual violence. In 2016, the team handed over to provincial health authorities a project treating victims of sexual and domestic violence at Tari Hospital.