Global Fund vice chair writes on Papua New Guinea disease challenges and Australian health security
Roslyn Morauta, Papua New Guinea resident and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, published an editorial on Papua New Guinea’s serious public health challenges and its implications for Australia's public health.
Papua New Guinea has the highest malaria burden in the world outside Africa, affecting primarily pregnant women and children under five years of age. It also has around 30,000 new cases of tuberculosis (TB) each year, the highest number of new tuberculosis cases in the Pacific Island region. TB is now the leading cause of death in Papua New Guinea. Morauta emphasized that Papua New Guinea is only four kilometers from Australia at its nearest point, and failure to address TB or an outbreak of any infectious disease is a threat to the health and economic security of Australia.