The first case of HIV was reported in PNG in 1987. Since then the percentage of HIV has risen drastically. PNG now has the highest incidence of HIV in the Pacific region with an estimated 2% of the adult population being HIV positive. It is the fourth country in the Asia-Pacific region to be classified as having a generalised epidemic.

How to help? Start small, start now, learn by doing

In 2001, a group of like minded pharmaceutical companies decided they wanted to address the HIV issue in PNG. An informal consortium was formed and the following aims were agreed:

  • to engage with and learn from regional and global networks involved in HIV care
  • to understand the factors – cultural, social, political and economic that affect access to treatment and care
  • to encourage co-operation among the health providers – faith-based, private, non-government, academic and public
  • to help develop healthcare capacities and systems
  • to link prevention, de-stigmatisation and legal protection to HIV care and support.

In 2003, the Collaboration for Health in PNG (CHPNG) was formed.

Three collaborative invitiatives were identified:

After discussion with the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA), AusAID and others, it was decided to embark upon the following initiatives:

  • establish and strengthen the role of HIV day care centres – local facilities where those with HIV and their families can be counselled, sheltered and advised by trained local volunteer health workers
  • strengthen the capacity of HIV healthcare by working with teams of local health workers
  • support the Labour Ward at Port Moresby General Hospital through the donation of an ultrasound machine and other medical supplies.

This website provides information on the Collaboration and its work.