Papua New Guinea Secures Donor Support for Rural Health System Project

Australia, the Asian Development Bank and other key donors have teamed up to help Papua New Guinea improve the quality of its rural health system.

The donors are supporting an $81.2 million Rural Primary Health Services Delivery Project, which aims to refurbish 128 health centers, build 32 community health posts and provide housing for 224 health workers in rural communities across Papua New Guinea. Australia is providing a $40 million grant and ADB, a $20 million loan for the project.

The OPEC Fund for International Development has also committed $9 million, while the World Health Organization and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are providing $1 million and $1.2 million worth of in-kind grants, respectively.

Aside from funding for the project, Australia said it would provide an additional 24 million Australian dollars ($23 million) to purchase medical supplies for rural health centers and posts in the Pacific country.

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