DATA collection on tuberculosis, malaria and HIV is an essential need and Papua New Guinea needs to work on this, says Global Fund executive director Dr Mark Dybul.
He told TB, malaria and HIV stakeholders that without essential data there would be no smart investments.
Dr Dybul also sounded a caution for PNG to increase its fight against tuberculosis, because of its current situation. As it is, it poses a risk to the region and globally. "Countries are looking at PNG to improve," he told a meeting which consisted of stakeholders in the fight against TB, malaria and HIV. He said the fight against TB, malaria and HIV begins with leadership and partnership.
Dr Dybul was in the country to sign three grants agreements worth more than K130 million for malaria and TB when he acknowledged the fight against malaria from which reports have shown a drastic drop in prevalence rate.
He told partners that Global Fund will stay with PNG to see success rates in TB prevalence. He brushed aside past suggestions that the Global Fund would cease its funding assistance to PNG.
Reports from World Health Organisation and the department of health state PNG has made more significant progress in its campaign against malaria. As a result the prevalence ratehas dropped from 12. 1 per cent to 1.8 per cent. The key success here has been the implementation of aggressive mosquito net distribution program to 82 per cent of house holds.
The Secretary for Health Pascoe Kase said data available for TB has been up to date as a result more TB cases have been reported and treated; more than before.
When sharing briefly on HIV/AIDS, Peter Bire from National AIDS Council Secretariat said for 10 years, there has not been any proper baseline data on HIV/AIDS for the country but that is being worked on.
According to the chairperson for PNG Country coordinating mechanism for Global Fund, grants for HIV and AIDS are in the process of being worked on.
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