The Governments of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the People’s Republic of China and Australia are pleased to announce the extension of the Australia-China-PNG Pilot Cooperation on Malaria Control Project to 31 December 2019 with an additional AUD 1.5 million.
Senior government officials representing the three countries signed documents in late November 2018, which renewed the current trilateral Cooperation agreement.
The project is a partnership comprising in kind contributions from all three governments, utilising Australian funding, to support the PNG government to improve malaria diagnosis through laboratory systems strengthening and operational research.
Since its commencement in January 2016, the project has built capacity at individual, organisational, and systemic levels for malaria diagnosis in PNG.
The project uses a partnership-based approach involving joint decision-making, co-design of activities, shared resource contribution, and mutual accountability. This has fostered strong country-to-country and institutional cooperation and links as reflected by shared ownership, mutual respect, and strong cooperation between all three countries.
The three governments are pleased with the progress of the project and noted that the success of the project to date has created a platform to work together in the future.