Capacity Building for HIV Diagnosis, Care and Treatment in Papua New Guinea

Collaboration for Health in Papua New Guinea (CHPNG) is the result of a partnership between several pharmaceutical companies and Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA), AusAID and others. CHPNG has undertaken initiatives to establish and strengthen the role of HIV day care centres, to strengthen the capacity of HIV healthcare by working with teams of local health workers and to support the Labour Ward at Port Moresby General Hospital through the donation of equipment and supplies.

Collaboration for Health in Papua New Guinea (CHPNG)

The partnership established the Collaboration for Health in Papua New Guinea (CHPNG), which works with relevant departments of the Government of PNG, the National Catholic AIDS Office in PNG the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) from Australia and the National Association for People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) from Australia in projects to build the local capacity of the people of PNG to fight the HIV epidemic. CHPNG activities include the provision of day care centers to provide a safe space for people living with HIV/AIDS and where their caregivers can meet and share experiences. It also undertakes the training of multidisciplinary teams of nearly 400 healthcare workers to manage HIV and provides an ongoing education and mentoring program to maintain and improve the skills of those providing care. The mentor program has allowed the PNG healthcare workers to meet with their Australian counterparts to sharpen their skills, bolster their confidence and provide a network with which to discuss treatment options.

The CHPNG has been operating with partners in Australia and PNG since 2003 and has moved from training in workshops by geographical teams to supporting lessons learned through mentors from Australia who visit centers and assist in clinics. In the future, it is hoped that the mentors will be taken from a pool of PNG healthcare professionals who are able to visit and support their neighbors. Clinical mentoring will continue to be the primary focus of the program, but will be adapted to include STIs, in order to meet the growing need to address STIs across all sites.


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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Papua New Guinea
  • Start Date 2003