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2020 Digital Health Factsheet: Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health (NDoH) has a goal of having a real-time reporting system that tracks the movement of drugs and other health commodities and that fills in gaps in the country’s pharmaceutical supply chain management cycle.

World Vision Papua New Guinea (WV PNG) has supported this goal since 2015. They began by implementing mSupply, a logistics management information system (LMIS), in 17 health facilities. Building on that success, WV PNG was tasked with bringing mSupply to 19 additional health facilities between 2018 and 2020 and with providing support for all locations. Although COVID-19 slowed implementation in 2020, the overall target was ultimately exceeded by 2 locations. mSupply is now installed in 38 health facilities. This nationwide implementation indirectly benefits Papua New Guinea’s entire population of more than 8 million by improving the country’s health supply chain.

The mSupply project is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.