Papua New Guinea has one of the Pacific Island region’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rates, with almost 1 percent of adults of its estimated 6.1 million population diagnosed as HIV positive. Approximately 34,000 adults and 3,000 children in Papua New Guinea are living with HIV.
U.S. Government assistance in Papua New Guinea is focused on helping the government to scale up public and community-based HIV prevention, care and treatment models to halt the spread of the disease and mitigate its negative effects on society. U.S. assistance through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief supports a Continuum of Prevention to Care to Treatment (CoPCT) model focused on high-risk groups. USAID provides technical assistance for the CoPCT model in two provinces, the National Capital District and Madang. The CoPCT combines outreach, clinical, community care and support services in a holistic model to provide the best quality of life for those infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS.
The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) “Global AIDS Report 2012” noted Papua New Guinea’s progress in halting the epidemic and recognized the substantial contribution of USAID. The report cited the CoPCT model’s case management teams, consisting of doctors, nurses and case managers who come from targeted communities as a “best practice.”
Last updated: October 28, 2013