17 Feb 2015

Big financial boost for TB and malaria campaigns in PNG

4:34 pm on 17 February 2015

The campaign to fight tuberculosis and malaria has received a huge boost in Papua New Guinea with the signing of three new grant agreements worth 50 million US dollars.

The Post Courier reports that the Global Fund and partners signed the agreements that will extend to the end of 2017 and include a first-time agreement for health system strengthening.

Two grants worth 32 million dollars will be used to fund the distribution of nearly three million mosquito nets and the training of community health workers.

They are also designed to support the diagnosis of malaria, strengthen monitoring and improve access to care for the country's most disadvantaged.

A 18 million dollar grant will be implemented by World Vision and is aimed at reducing the incidence and prevalence of tuberculosis.