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|June 25 2009, 10:10 PM |
Mourners with body,drown
By Caldron Laepa
Mourners returning to Gulf Province with the body of a victim in the Hiritano Highway horror accident ended up in another mayhem
As a result two people perished in the sea and relatives at Auma village are now mourning the death of three people, including the
body they were bringing home from Port Moresby.
According to reports reaching the Post-Courier yesterday, two people a man and a woman drowned in the sea at the mouth of the
Vailala River when the dinghy they were travelling in capsized.
The body of the victim of the highway accident was in another dinghy. Reports say four other people who were in the same boat were
saved.The deceased are identified as Mavis Rovori of Auma village and Joshua Hare of Vailala East No.2 village and their bodies were
found on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
They were travelling from Seapeharo to Auma village when they ran into trouble.
Husband Ipavu Rovori said his wife with other relatives left Port Moresby on Saturday by PMV via Seapeharo and got on the banana
boat for Auma .
Mr Rovori, who did not travel with them, said information which reached him at the village was that the dinghy that his wife was in
capsized as a result of motor engine failure.
He said he was told that as the dinghy was going into the river close to the shore, the engine died, forcing the boat to sink.
Mr Rovori said a search team was sent out that day, which recovered his wifes body in the river.
He said the body of the man was found the next day floating on the sea in Kavava village, about a two-hour ride by dinghy from
He said the bodies were buried on the day they were found.
He said they were lost for words as they were taking one of their relatives who had died in the PMV accident and had to do another
funeral for his wife again.
Mr Rovori pleaded to Gulf leaders to restore infrastructure in the province as the deteriorating state of the roads was costing
Gulf peoples lives.
These deaths can be stopped if only our leaders had us in their hearts, but it seems that we are not. That is why we keep suffering
for years, Mr Rovori said.
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|June 26 2009, 12:48 AM |
HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea
PNG has the highest incidence of HIV in the Pacific region. It is estimated that 2% of the adult population, approximately 64,000 people, are now HIV positive.
Heterosexual transmission is the predominant means of infection. While approximately equal numbers of men and women are currently affected, young women and older men are disproportionately affected.
Significant HIV prevalence rates are found both in large urban areas, such as Port Moresby, and in rural pockets, typically around high risk settings including transport routes, mining and logging sites.
Impacts of HIV/AIDS
This growing HIV/AIDS epidemic will impact on the future of PNG, including reduced life expectancy, workforce depletion, increased health expenditure and reduced economic growth.
An AusAID-commissioned report* concluded that unless interventions to address the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS in PNG are scaled up, by 2025:
Over 500,000 people will be living with HIV/AIDS
117,000 children will have lost their mothers to AIDS
The workforce will have declined by 12.5%
GDP will be 1.3% less than predicted
70% of all hospital beds will be needed for AIDS patients.
* See Impacts of HIV/AIDS 2005 - 2025 in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor - Final Report (2006)
See also Potential Economic Impacts of an HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Papua New Guinea for more information on the economic impacts of HIV/AIDS in PNG.
Australia's approach to supporting the response to HIV/AIDS in PNG over the next five years is descibed in the publication Australia's Strategy to Support Papua New Guinea's Response to HIV/AIDS 2006-2010.
PNG- Australia/HIV and AIDS Program - Sanap Wantaim (Stand Together)
This $100 million, five year program commenced in January 2007. The program is closely aligned with the PNG government's priorities outlined under the PNG HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan 2006 -2010.
It focuses not only on preventing the spread of HIV but also on providing treatment, care and support for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The program also places increased emphasis on addressing some of the difficult issues underlying the epidemic - including gender inequality, improving health systems, and upgrading surveillance capacity.
This program will also be complemented by additional support of up to $50 million to enable Papua New Guinea's health system to provide necessary services to reduce the spread of HIV and help those people already affected by HIV/AIDS.
National HIV/AIDS Support Project (NHASP)
The $66.5 million project began in October 2000 and concluded in December 2006.
The project operated across PNG, with achievements including:
installing 10,000 small and 500 large condom dispensers
training 620 health workers in STI/HIV management and 1,400 counsellors to increase testing for HIV and support for people living with HIV/AIDS
strengthening PNG organisations through $13 million in community and research grants.
supported legislation to protect the rights of people living with HIV
establishing seventeen community care centers for HIV positive people.
See Evaluation of the PNG National HIV/AIDS Support Project
In recognition of the threat that HIV poses, Australia is incorporating HIV prevention and education components into all its PNG aid projects.The purpose of this mainstreaming is to ensure that all sectors and agencies are equipped and able to address how they might be affecting the HIV epidemic, how HIV might be affecting their development outcomes and then adapting their programs accordingly. For example, prison inmates and officers in PNG jails are learning about HIV transmission and prevention through a wider Correctional Services Development Project.
Guidelines have been developed to assist development personnel in PNG adapt to the realities of HIV/AIDS.
See Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS into AusAID's Development Portfolio in PNG
See also Review of AusAID Multisectoral HIV Initiatives in Papua New Guinea (2005) for the experience of eight AusAID-supported projects that incorporated HIV/AIDS initiatives into their work in PNG
The program will be complemented by key partnerships with international HIV/AIDS partners and the private sector including:
the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative to support increased access to life saving drugs for HIV positive people in PNG, including drugs being provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
the Asian Development Bank, co-financing condom social marketing as part of the Asian Development Bank's HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Rural Development Enclaves Project
the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS to expand the private sector response to HIV/AIDS in PNG