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Tuberculosis management in Western Province
6 April 2013: Main entry to ward general wing.
5 April 2013: Framing in place, patient ablutions, isolation wing. Photos: AusAID. More pictures below
AusAID support to the Government of PNG to manage TB in the Western Province of PNG is leading to better detection, treatment and management of TB. With AusAID’s assistance, drug-resistant TB mortality rates have been dramatically reduced—from 25 per cent to just 5 per cent in one year.
PNG has the highest TB burden in the Pacific region with over 14,749 new cases diagnosed a year and a total prevalence rate of 534 per 100,000 people (World Health Organization 2011). From January 2011 to July 2012, 63 cases of drug resistant TB were diagnosed in Western Province (Daru Hospital 2012). With AusAID’s support, the Government of PNG is putting in place a comprehensive, best practice approach to detection and treatment of TB in Western Province.
What Australia is doing to support PNG to manage TB in Western Province
AusAID has committed $31 million to help support the Government of PNG to improve health services in Western Province, including detecting and treating TB. This includes $11 million over four years for provision of TB specialist staff, training for community health workers and volunteer treatment supporters. It will also provide medical equipment, drugs, a sea ambulance, and funding for high-level laboratory diagnosis in Australia of drug resistant TB, with work on a new TB isolation ward now nearing completion.
AusAID is also providing an additional $20 million over five years [video, external website]. This includes up to $10 million for the rehabilitation of Daru Hospital; up to $5 million for the rehabilitation of the Mabaduan Health Centre, which is less than five kilometres from Queensland’s Saibai Island; and a $5 million contribution to support the Middle and South Fly Health Development Program, which is a $37 million initiative jointly funded by the Ok Tedi Fly River Development Program and AusAID.
In addition, AusAID supports the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which is investing USD19 million (2007-2013) in supporting the Government of PNG manage TB nationally.