15 Dec 2016

NGO helping PNG HIV/AIDS victims forced to shut

From , 6:04 am on 15 December 2016

A Papua New Guinea NGO that had been helping HIV/AIDS victims but is being forced to shut after losing its financial backing hopes it can get support elsewhere.

The PNG Development Law Association provides legal advice and counselling for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

For the past five years it has been heavily reliant on the Australian aid programme but that funding has now been withdrawn.

The Association is one of a number of NGOs working in this field that have lost their funding, or come to the end of a funding cycle.

Don Wiseman spoke with the Association's Michael Henao and began by asking him about the nature of the work it does.

A woman walks past a HIV/AIDS billboard in PNG

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