The WHO Representative in Papua New Guinea (PNG) role is to support the National Department of Health (NDoH) in providing technical assistance for policy-making in achieving sustainable health programs and development in PNG. This involves a wide range of technical guidance and cooperation, to ensure that essential health care is accessible to most to most of its citizens.
Country Cooperation Strategy
Papua New Guinea-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2016-2020
The formulation of the World Health Organization (WHO) country cooperation strategy (CCS) for the period 2016–2020 follows an in-depth mid-term review of the Papua New Guinea National Health Plan 2011–2020, which indicates the need for identifying and implementing priorities, given slow progress against expected outcomes. The review stresses the importance of focusing on making rural health services functional, which will require improved management of both financial and human resources at district level and below. In the absence of a mid-term evaluation of the current CCS, the formulation of the 2016–2020 CCS takes into account the findings and recommendations of the 2013 performance assessment of WHO’s role and functions in Papua New Guinea, as well as numerous reports and assessments of individual aspects of Papua New Guinea’s health system.
The National Health Plan of Papua New Guinea
The National Health Plan 2011–2020 is the sole governing policy document for the health sector in Papua New Guinea. It sets out the strategic direction and priorities for both the public and private sectors. The NHP is implemented through medium-term plans at the national and provincial levels. These are translated into operational annual implementation plans at all levels of the health system.
The strategic agenda of the Country Cooperation Strategy
The strategic agenda, covering four strategic priorities and 12 focus areas, has been formulated based on extensive consultation with the NDOH, development partners, including NGOs, churches, and private-sector foundations, and of course WHO staff. An in-depth analysis of the current country context, the review of the recent mid-term evaluation of the NHP 2011–2020, as well as lessons learnt from the implementation of the previous CCS and the findings of a WHO Performance Assessment, have informed the strategic agenda. Consideration has been given to WHO’s comparative advantage in providing technical support and policy advice, the activities of other development partners and the capacity of the WHO country office coupled with anticipated support from WHO’s Regional Office and headquarters.
Strategic priorities of WHO in Papua New Guinea
Priority 1: Achieving sustainable health outcomes
Focus Area 1: TB/HIV
Focus Area 2: Immunization
Focus Area 3: Reducing maternal and newborn mortality
Priority 2: Strengthening health systems
Focus Area 1: District health systems strengthening
Focus Area 2: Human resources for health
Focus Area 3: Access to essential medical products
Focus Area 4: Health information system
Priority 3: Emergency preparedness, surveillance and health security
Focus Area 1: Disaster preparedness and response
Focus Area 2: Surveillance and epidemics
Priority 4: Sector overview, policy dialogue and development cooperation
Focus Area 1: Policy dialogue and implementation
Focus Area 2: Effective development cooperation
Focus Area 3: Strategic communication