Moving Toward a Sector-Wide Approach - Papua New Guinea: The Health Sector Development Program Experience

Date: August 2003
Type: Reports
Series: Pacific Studies
ISBN: 971-561-482-5 (print)


This report reviews the genesis, experiences, achievements, and remaining challenges of the first Sector-wide Assistance Program in Health in Papua New Guinea. The Health Sector Development Program (HSDP) was developed as part of the donor assistance to the economic recovery program of the mid-1990s. The HSDP supports the implementation of the Government Health Plan, 1996-2000, and the “organic law” reform process. The HSDP has led to improved health management and improved governance.


  • Foreword
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • The Public Health System
  • The Health Sector Development Program
  • Successes and Challenges
  • Moving Toward The Sector-Wide Approach
  • Conclusion
  • End Notes
  • Appendixes
  • References