PNG AIDS NGO fears more funding cuts

7:50 pm on 13 June 2016

A healthcare provider in Papua New Guinea says it's facing budget cuts to important services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Appropriate Technology, or AT Projects, helps people who have the virus in rural communities, providing them with support and access to anti-retroviral drugs.

AT Projects' Steve Layton says there are hundreds of people in the PNG highlands with no transport to health facilities for HIV/AIDS care and they rely on his agency for treatment.

He says AT's funding was cut in half last year resulting in the closure of 3 branches, leaving just 7 across the region.

A woman walks past a HIV/AIDS billboard in PNG

A woman walks past an AIDS billboard in PNG Photo: AFP

''We're being told as of next year it's highly unlikely we'll get any funding at all. So I'm not sure what we'll be doing next year we'll be looking for other funders, whether we get them or not? I don't know. The dilemma for us is if we don't get those funders, not only do we not support the 50 plus volunteers, we're going to have 230 people with full blown AIDS, with nowhere to go.'

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