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PNG’s new health plan: “Leaving no one behind is everybody’s business” - P4H Network

PNG’s new health plan: “Leaving no one behind is everybody’s business”

Papua New Guinea’s PNG) new health plan should receive more attention. The plan is well-rounded and very realistic in terms of what it hopes to accomplish, but it is also “home-grown” instead of being drafted by international experts. National health planning is an essential contributor to Universal Health Coverage, specifying objectives and funding sources. While the health sector in PNG received 11.2% of the 2022 national budget, government spending alone will be insufficient. Therefore, international partners are an integral part for financing this plan. Health gaps do exist in PNG. Interestingly, since there is heavy health systems focus on women and children in developing countries, men’s health may suffer. Thus, “leaving no-one behind” also includes men, and seeks to help families and communities to be actively involved and speak up and demand the services they need so the government can respond promptly.

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