Papua New Guinea has a fragile health system, a rapidly expanding population, and a substantial burden of endemic and emerging diseases. This is of significant concern given the rapidly increasing cross-border travel within the region. There is a pressing need for continuous surveillance, rapid diagnosis, and real-time tracking of emerging and resurgent infectious diseases.
The Stronger Surveillance for Vector Borne Pathogens project (STRIVE) will support early warning of drug-resistant vectors (mosquitoes) and strengthening of PNGs vector-borne disease outbreak response capability.
The investment will strengthen the evaluation and implementation of real-time surveillance for malaria and other vector-borne illnesses, and provide decision support tools to frontline healthcare workers and policymakers.