Health Issues in Papua New Guinea
There several Health Issues in Papua New Guinea. The Government of Papua New Guinea is trying to address those issues with the help from several agencies like, AusAid, JICA, World Bank, European Union etc. The following issues are most prevalent in this country.
HIV and AIDS
Papua New Guinea’s first case of HIV was reported in 1987, and since then, HIV prevalence has risen dramatically. According to UNAIDS, HIV cases in the country have been increasing at a rate of 30 percent annually since 1997. From 2002 on, at least 2,000 new infections have been reported annually. In 2006, for instance, Papua New Guinea had 4,017 new confirmed cases of HIV, a 30 percent increase from 2005. There is a sharp increasing trend in the projected number of new infections, particularly in rural areas. The National AIDS Council (NAC) and National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea estimate that 46,275 people were HIV-positive by the end of 2006...read more >>
Cancer in PNG:
One of the health issues in PNG is Cancer. According to a research done by PNG Institute of Medical Research, Cancer has killed over 1 500 people per year and this rate is one of the highest the world.
Researchers are also looking at the incidence in the community of the cervical cancer-causing HPV virus.
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