Poverty in PNG Also One of Our Priorities

Sue Packham | Sunraysia Daily | 10 April 2017

RESPONSES to Andrew Broad’s call for overseas aid are indeed broad, pointing out hardships in both Australia and Afghanistan.

Our nearest neighbour – Papua New Guinea – also has immense problems.

With a population of more than seven million, PNG has fewer than 400 doctors and despite 85 per cent of people living in rural areas, only 51 doctors work outside Port Moresby. The development challenges for children and youth in PNG are stark: an estimated 40 per cent of children are stunted, one in five children is not enrolled in school and almost half the population is under the age of 20.

The infant mortality rate in PNG was 40 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011, (Australia is four deaths per 1000), and maternal death rate in PNG was 230 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010, (Australia is seven deaths per 100,000).

Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis­­­ cases are surging in PNG.

Australia has endorsed and signed the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Based on a spirit of strengthening global solidarity, the goals aim to stimulate action between now and 2030 to eradicate poverty.

Surely most Australians want to participate in this global effort – it will consign poverty to the history books – building a better world for everyone.
Sue Packham,

Woolamai