Papua New Guinea: Features

Read how ADB-supported projects and programs have bridged social and economic disparities and improved the quality of life in Papua New Guinea.

Latest Features

  • December 2011

    Improving Health Care Services in Papua New Guinea

    Maternal and infant mortality rates remain high in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Communicable diseases account for around 50% of mortality according to the World Health Organization. The leading causes of morbidity in the country include pneumonia, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, meningitis and increasingly HIV/AIDS. To help the Government of PNG improve its rural health services, ADB has approved a loan amounting to $20 million for $81.2 million Rural Primary Health Services Delivery Project.
  • December 2011

    Fiscal Discipline Can Help the Pacific Navigate Global Financial Instability

    Recent uncertainties over sovereign debt in the Eurozone and U.S. fiscal policy are expected to have only direct limited impact on the Pacific islands, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste. The economies are largely insulated from these ongoing problems as they are more closely tied to the economies of Australia and New Zealand. Growth prospects of Australia and New Zealand remain relatively buoyant due to strong demand from Asian markets for their commodity exports.
  • October 2011

    Coral Triangle - The Amazon of the Seas - is at Risk

    The Coral Triangle covers 5.7 million square kilometers of ocean waters in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste. The area is considered as the global center of tropical marine diversity, supporting the highest number of species of coral reef fishes, and turtles. The mangrove forests, coral reefs, and coastal and offshore waters are the most species-rich in the tropics.
  • June 2011

    Microbanking in Papua New Guinea

    A widow and small-time coffee grower in remote Papua New Guinea province is one of thousands of customers benefiting from a successful microbank focused on the needs of the poor.
  • November 2010

    Microfinance to the Rescue

    People on Papua New Guinea's remote Manam Island and Madang Province are rebuilding after a disastrous volcanic eruption thanks to better banking solutions. Manam Island, Papua New Guinea - Following devastating volcanic eruptions in October 2004 on remote Manam Island, and the subsequent complete evacuation to the mainland of the island's 10,000 inhabitants, many of the islanders including the Baliau people have returned home and are trying to rebuild their lives.
  • November 2010

    Participating in HIV and AIDS Prevention

    Innovative partnerships to combat the spread of HIV infection in Papua New Guinea are tackling a lack of provincial capacity as well as risky behaviors and gender inequality. Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea - Missionary nun Rose Bernard runs the Shalom Center, an HIV testing and counseling center in Banz, a market town in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
  • August 2008

    New Condom Campaign to Combat HIV/AIDS

    A well-researched $10 million program to distribute millions of subsidized condoms in "hot spots" of sexual activity around the country aims to control an HIV/AIDS epidemic. Meanwhile, in the rural areas, an incongruous alliance of big business, government, and religious groups is breaking down prejudice against the disease through awareness programs and safe-sex instruction.
  • August 2008

    Freedom at the Frontier

    Improved feeder roads in the highlands of Papua New Guinea are reducing the isolation of tribal communities in a valley that was hidden from the world until a few decades ago. Better access to markets, schools, and hospitals are giving subsistence farmers greater freedom of choice. Mount Hagen, Western Highlands - To see the difference a paved road can make to people's lives, take a ride with Steven Pup along the highways and byways around Mount Hagen, a former gold prospectors' camp that still has the feel of a frontier town.
  • August 2008

    Lighthouses Boost Fishing as well as Shipping

    A national program to renovate navigational aids is guiding big and small ships through Papua New Guineas largely uncharted and often unsafe waters. In Milne Bay, these beacons are also boosting night fishing, trade, and local shipping. Alotau, Milne Bay - There is a joke among the women of Nuakata Island - one of dozens of islands strewn off Papua New Guineas southeastern province of Milne Bay - that their men are abandoning them at night for modern-day versions of the sirens of Greek mythology.
  • March 2008

    Restoring the Reef

    NGOs under a pilot ADB project have mobilized some two-dozen shoreline villages to take charge of protecting their marine resources. By trading short-term pain for long-term gain, these villages are beginning to reverse the tide of overexploitation. Kavieng - Two stretches of water reveal much of the story of Papua New Guinea's declining coastal resources - and the efforts by some communities to reverse the trend.