Papua New Guinea

CARE’s work in Papua New Guinea

CARE has worked in Papua New Guinea since 1989. The country is richly endowed with natural resources, but is hampered by its rugged terrain and the high cost of developing infrastructure. We work with communities to manage natural resources and increase crop diversity. We help communities access non-formal education and small grants and find innovative ways to earn a living. We provide training and support in governance, gender awareness, health and nutrition, and HIV prevention and care. All our programmes address gender-based violence and aim to increase women’s opportunities to participate and thrive.

Health worker checking baby for signs of malnutrition

Surviving through drought in the Highlands

From mid-2015 onwards, the PNG highlands experienced widespread impacts from the El Nino weather phenomenon, including drought and localised frosts. With the most affected regions being agricultural hubs of the country, the repercussions on food security and the national economy were felt country-wide.

With funding from the European Union, CARE undertook an integrated mitigation and resilience package that focused on public health and disease prevention, food security and agricultural resilience across severely drought-affected locations in six districts of the Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands and Chimbu Provinces. The photo above shows a health worker measuring the circumference of a baby's arm for signs of malnutrition.

More than 50,000 people (10,000 households) were assisted by the programme – including Mary Kolua from Paume village, who said:

The relief distribution was unbelievable because it covered so many households, many wards, and all distributions were completed on the same day! The distribution kit contained many items that help us in many ways – fetching and storing additional water, bathing with soap, and the tinned fish is providing us high protein. We are very happy!

A distribution of emergency relief items

The project ran from January to September 2016 and was funded by ECHO (European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection).

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About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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