CHAI began work in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2005, supporting the government to improve treatment and care for HIV and ultimately helping to achieve control of the epidemic.
Today, we are increasing access to lifesaving vaccines by helping the government prepare a national immunization strategy for rollout to the health sector and government agencies. The work, funded by GAVI, will be used as a reference to drive the strategic direction and financing of the immunization program. CHAI is also helping to find, diagnose, and ensure completion of treatment for tuberculosis (TB) to reduce the incidence of multi-drug resistant TB. To address the high rate of maternal and newborn mortality, CHAI is working to train health workers, improve care in childbirth, and increase access to lifesaving family planning tools. We are helping the government reform its health financing systems to reduce out-of-pocket costs to patients, which can prevent them from seeking care.
While communicable diseases remain a large contributor to mortality, non-communicable diseases are a growing concern, accounting for 56 percent of all deaths. CHAI is beginning to examine ways to address the challenges of non-communicable disease for future work.