Ambassador Ebert-Gray visits children at Port Moresby General Hospital

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray visited the Pediatrics Ward at the Port Moresby General Hospital, Thursday April 6 in commemoration of World Health Day.

The Ambassador presented the patients with clothing, donated through the generosity of Hogan Lovells, one of the world’s largest law firms. The donation was part of the firm’s commitment to give back to the communities.

“The spirit of kindness and generosity is something we in the United States are proud of – and something we count on,” said Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray. “When there are people in need, the American people rise to the occasion and help out. This gift, from the people at Hogan Lovells is just a small example of that American generosity.”

The Ambassador also thanked PNG Tribal Foundation for their assistance in bringing these items to Papua New Guinea from Washington D.C.

The U.S. Government, in collaboration with the National Department of Health, is firmly committed to advancing the health of Papua New Guineans through the work of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention here in Papua New Guinea.

Some of the Embassy’s major initiatives include:

  • Working with our partners in the Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis. Approximately 1800 suspected Tuberculosis patients will be tested using the two GeneXpert machines donated by USAID to the PNG Government last year, to effectively diagnose Multi-Drug Resistant – Tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
  • In line with the National AIDS Strategy, we work towards strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention and testing services and treatment, particularly for those in key populations.
  • Providing support to the PNG government’s efforts to reduce cervical cancer through the U.S. Embassy’s Health Affairs Attaché’s Regional Non-communicable Disease Control Project, which have funded the Cervical Cancer (HPV) Vaccination education & health promotion materials, and school education program component of the 2017 Cervical Cancer Vaccination, NCD Pilot Program
  • Working in collaboration with partners to raise awareness and address gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea, which is a key contributing factor to HIV infection in women.