Papua New Guinea

There is a need for improved health status and delivery of health services for the 6.5 million people living in Papua New Guinea. URC first began working in Papua New Guinea in 1981 with USAID’s Primary Health Care Operations Research Project (PRICOR), a multi-country research initiative to guide developing countries in strengthening their primary health care services. PRICOR’s goals were driven by pioneering developments of a practical, systematic approach to operations research on critical issues facing primary health care services in developing countries. The project also investigated the use of community health workers, community mobilization, community financing of primary health services, and community-based commodity distribution.