Formed in 2012, this unit focuses 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.
Changes to the environment can impact on both infectious and non-infectious diseases. We focus on infections that we know little about and also look at the interactions between the environment and human health.
We conduct clinically relevant research into the causes, burden and impact of diseases in PNG. We determine the most important agents associated with enteric, febrile and respiratory diseases and develop diagnostic analysis for outbreak-prone diseases.
We provide outbreak-response support to the Department of Health and the World Health Organization. Recently we supported the NDoH with investigation and laboratory confi rmation of the nation-wide chikungunya outbreak.