Tuberculosis: Overcoming Distance, Papua New Guinea

31 October 2019

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the most badly-affected countries by TB in the world.

Geographic, social and economic constraints represent a major obstacle for patients and providers of care to screen, diagnose, put under treatment and follow-up TB patients.

The situation is even worse for patients affected by drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). This context perfectly illustrates the need to develop new tools (better diagnostic tools, shorter and safer treatments) that can simplify these tasks and allow increasing the number of cured patients.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) intervenes since 2014 in PNG to support the Minister of Health in improving TB care – including improving access to diagnosis and treatments, in Port Moresby and Kerema areas. In 2017, 2,200 patients started a TB treatment in these programs.

Read about MSF's activities in Papua New Guinea

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