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'Kauntim mi tu' Port Moresby report launched

"HIV and STI rates in Papua New Guinea are among the highest in the world; however until now population-level estimates for these groups were unknown."

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Gender equity and empowerment‐ Dr Janet Gare

Gender equity is a concept that promotes men and women to work together from the household to the workplace. In Papua New Guinea gender equity and empowerment are being supported and encouraged as a significant shift towards development in our country today.

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Welcome to PNG Institute of Medical Research

Our Vision

To improve the health and well-being of Papua New Guineans

Our Mission

To conduct research on the major medical health problems in PNG, that supports the development of health services in PNG and contributes to global knowledge and innovations in health.

Our Research Objectives

  • Mosquito-Borne Diseases, Respiratory Diseases
  • Diarrhoeal Diseases
  • Sexual Health including HIV/AIDS
  • Infectious Diseases (bacterial, viral, parasitic) surveillance, diagnosis and therapies
  • Operational research including social sciences and health systems research

Our Research

Vector-borne Diseases Unit

Malaria admissions and deaths in children under 5-years are very high in PNG. Poor diagnosis, drug resistance and last of knowlege about the malaria parasite are some of the issues that has led to malaria still been a disease burden in the country.

Population Health & Demography Unit

The Population Health & Demography Unit plays a pivotal role in population based research. It links laboratory based studies with population or community based studies and also conducts quick short studies and health system research (HSR) to provide in formations on the operations and delivery

Infections & immunity Unit

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. These diseases are the major cause of illnesses and deaths in PNG. There are many different causes of infectious diseases.

Sexual & reproductive health Unit

Our Mission is to conduct policy-relevant clinical, laboratory, qualitative and health systems research to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and men in Papua New Guinea.

Environment & Emerging Diseases Unit

We focus on environmental and outbreak-prone disease in PNG. While rapid economic and development expansion may bring greater prosperity for many in PNG, disruptions to natural habitats can affect both vector distributions and illnesses caused by pollution of water and agricultural land.

Research Projects

In line with the National Health Plan, the core research activities of the Institute are concentrated both on the traditional main causes of illness and deaths, such as pneumonia, meningitis, tuberculosis or malaria and emerging diseases such as HIV/AIDS and more recently, pandemic influenza or cholera that pose serious threats to the community at large. In all these programs, the health of women and children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, are a particular focus.