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Papua New Guinea: Health Information

Papua New Guinea and its offshore islands are located in the Western Pacific, A country of rich cultural, biological and eco -diversity, famous for its beautiful beaches and rich coral reefs. The island nation is home to active volcanoes, granite Mt. Wilhelm, dense rainforest and hiking routes like the Kokoda Trail.

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Papua New Guinea Fact Sheet

Population of Papua New Guinea: 8.2 million

Per capita income Papua New Guinea: $2,800

Life expectancy at birth women/men: 65/61 years

Infant mortality rate: 46/1000 live births

Healthcare System In Papua New Guinea

Healthcare in Papua New Guinea is provided primarily by government and religious organizations. The country currently spends around 4.5% of its GDP on health services with approximately 20% of this coming from donors and development partners. With one of the lowest number of   physicians in the world at just 1 doctor per 17,068 , and 5.3 nurses per 10,000 according to the World health organization estimates, Papua New guinea also suffers from infrastructural and other medical staffing needs especially in the rural areas where around 85% of its  population reside. The health workforce is characterized by an aging workforce, low numbers of critical cadres, such as midwives and community health workers , a de-motivated workforce due to poor working conditions including low wages and poor physical infrastructure.

10 Major  Causes of Mortality /Death In Papua New Guinea

  1. Lower-Respiratory Infection
  2. Ischemic Heart Disease
  3. Stroke
  4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  5. Diabetes
  6. Road Injury
  7. Iron-Deficiency Anemia
  8. Asthma
  9. Diarrheal Diseases

10 Neonatal Preterm Birth Complications

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Health and Safety Precautions to take When Visiting Papua New Guinea.

Although regarded as one of the few Paradise on earth it is seriously recommended that a tourist take personal safety and major health precautions before and during Visits to Papau New Guinea mainly due to gang related crimes and violence perpetuated by raskols and Mosquito-transmitted disease.

WHO Recommended Vaccinations & Prophylactics

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travelers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination.
  • Vaccination for yellow fever (and the certificate to prove it) is required if you are entering from a yellow fever–endemic country. Vaccinations are also recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid fever and Japanese B encephalitis.


Malaria, both malignant (falciparum) and the less threatening but relapsing forms, are found in all areas of Papua New Guinea below 1000m.


Over 95% of HIV cases in the Pacific are reported from Papua New Guinea.According to the UNAIDS office in the country, latest statistics estimated that almost 47,000 people were infected with HIV in a country with a population is about 8 million. From a prevalence rate of 0.7 percent in 2015.One of the key population most affected by HIV/AIDS epidemic  in Papua New Guinea is: Sex workers.

List of Hospitals and  HealthCare Facilities In Papua New Guinea.

The List and Contact details of Hospitals in Papua New Guinea

Angau General Hospital 
P 0 Box 457 Lae, Morobe Province
Papua New Guinea

Phone: 4732113/4732205 /472 2015

Daru General Hospital
P 0 Box 1 Daru Western Province
Papua New Guinea

Phone: 6459166
Fax: 6459166

Kavieng General Hospital 
P 0 Box 68. Kavieng New Ireland Province
Papua New Guinea

Fax: 9842325

Kundiawa General Hospital 
P 0 Box 346 Kundiawa, Chimbu Province
Papua New Guinea

Phone: 7351036/7351229/
Fax: 7351066/7351201

Alotau General Hospital 
P 0 Box 402, Alotau Milne Bay Province
Papua New Guinea


Mt. Hagen General Hospital 
P 0 Box 36, Mt. Hagen WHP
Papua New Guinea


Port Moresby General Hospital 
Free Mail Bag, Boroko NCD
Papua New Guinea

Phone:3248200/ 3482100

Vanimo General Hospital 
P 0 Box 331,Vanimo  WSP
Papua New Guinea

Fax: 8571167

Nonga General Hospital 
Free Mail Bag ,Rabaul, ENBP
Papua New Guinea

Ph: 9827333/9827421

Kimbe General Hospital
P 0 Box 736, Kimbe  WNBP
Papua New Guinea


Laloki Psychiatric
P 0 Box 1239, Boroko NCD
Papua New Guinea

Ph: 3281206

Boram General Hospital 
Free Mail Bag,Wewak ESP
Papua New Guinea

Fh:8562557 /8562166

Goroka General Hospital 
P 0 Box 392,Goroka, EHP
Papua New Guinea



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