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Papua New Guinea

Why are we there?

  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Healthcare exclusion
  • Sexual violence

Our Work 


  • In July, Médecins Sans Frontières opened a project for the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in Gulf province.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières started supporting Kerema general hospital this year to improve detection rates for TB. The hospital, including the laboratory, was renovated and a consultation room for suspected TB cases was set up.
  • Teams also began to offer diagnosis and treatment to people living in remote areas, some only accessible by boat.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières and the US technology company Matternet successfully trialled the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for the transportation of sputum samples and results between distant health centres and Kerema hospital.


Sexual, domestic, social and tribal violence

  • Domestic and sexual violence remains a medical humanitarian emergency in Papua New Guinea, with consequences at individual, family and national level.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières is working with the health authorities to provide access to free, good-quality, confidential and integrated medical care for victims. 
  • At the Port Moresby Regional Treatment and Training project, 50,000 people attended awareness sessions outlining the care available to the victims of sexual violence.
  • In Southern Highlands province, the Médecins Sans Frontières team at Tari hospital performed 1,190 major surgical interventions, and also continued to provide medical and psychosocial care for victims of violence.
  • In June, Médecins Sans Frontières handed over its maternal and child health project in Buin to the provincial health authorities.


Emergency intervention in the Solomon Islands

  • In April, the Solomon Islands were hit by flash floods and landslides. Approximately 10,000 people in the capital Honiara were made homeless, and bridges, roads and some health centres were destroyed.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières set up mobile clinics in the temporary shelters, and carried out medical consultations. The teams also offered mental health sessions, training in psychological first aid and monitored potential disease outbreaks.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières implemented a programme raising awareness of sexual violence, which had been planned before the floods occurred. The provision of relevant services in Honiara and Guadalcanal province were also increased. 


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Médecins Sans Frontières first worked in the country in 1992 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 219 staff in Papua New Guinea.