PNG has a population of 7.6M people and is an incredible mix of diverse cultures, landscapes and languages.
Women and children in this area die from treatable and preventable infectious diseases combined with malnutrition.
Life expectancy in PNG is very low (62y for women compared with 84y in Australia).
Maternal mortality rate is high (500/100,000). Under-five child mortality rate is very high (63/1000 live births).
One in two children in PNG have stunted growth due to chronic malnutrition.
PNG has the fourth highest child stunting rate in the world – a rate that is more than double the global average and higher than some of the most impoverished countries in Africa and Asia.
I have a lot of first hand experience with the Kamea people in PNG. They miss out on every aspect of healthcare, many aspects of education and practically all established forms of established infrastructure. They have not enough immunisations for their children, often not enough food and no electricity. Any help that can be given to them is welcome. Keep up your good work.
Malcolm AltsonGP Euroa, Australia
Verifiable data on the nutritional and health status of the Kamea are now available, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of PNG Foundation. SMHS, UPNG, fully appreciate the collaborative work that we have been doing over the past four years and look forward to continuous collaboration with PNG Foundation.