6 Feb 2015

Australia gives more to combat TB in PNG

9:53 am on 6 February 2015

Australia has announced a three year package to extend its help to try and control tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea.

PNG has the highest rate of TB infection in the Pacific, with an estimated 39,000 total cases and 25,000 new infections each year.

Canberra is providing an additional 11 point five million US dollars to take its support of the TB control in PNG to 46 million by 2016-17.

The funding will focus on improving management of drug resistant TB, inadequate treatment regimes, and high rates of transmission within communities.