17 Aug 2005

US foundation funds PNG malaria research

8:26 pm on 17 August 2005

A US foundation has committed 2.58 million US dollars to a medical research institute in Papua New Guinea to fight malaria in PNG children.

The news agency, AAP, reports that the funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be given to the PNG Institute of Medical Research headquartered in Goroka.

The Institute's director, Professor John Reeder, says he is delighted to have the opportunity to trial such an important public health measure in PNG.

He says the winning of such a large scientific grant is an indication of the high quality of research being carried out in PNG and the excellent international reputation of the institute.

Malaria remains the leading reason for seeking treatment at health centres in PNG and is the second most common cause of death among the country's children.