Low birth weight in Papua New Guinea is a killer. Help us research what is causing low birth weight in PNG so that we can stop it.
A gift from the Macquarie Group Foundation will support Burnet Institute to find long-term solutions to staggering high rates of maternal and child death in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The Foundation’s commitment to the Institute’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program will help meet the health challenges faced by many mothers and their children in PNG.
Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said more than 500 mothers lose their lives in PNG each year
“Sadly, more than 5,000 babies will die in the first 24 hours of life and another 10,000 perish before their fifth birthday, we need to address this urgently,” Professor Crabb said.
“High quality, innovative research is crucial to ensuring that the most effective interventions reach those most in need in PNG in a highly cost efficient way.
“Governments and aid agencies can only do so much, so creative solutions like we propose need substantial support from the philanthropic and business communities.”
PNG has one of the highest and increasing maternal mortality rates in the world due to limited access to quality health services.
Working both with local communities, as well as with the national government, our program will practically address the barriers to maternal and child health in PNG.
CLICK HERE for more information on the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program.