STRIVE PNG: strengthening surveillance and response for vector-borne pathogens in PNG.

STRIVE PNG: Stronger Surveillance and Systems Support for Rapid Identification and Containment of Resurgent or Resistant Vector Borne Pathogens in Papua New Guinea is a three-year DFAT Centre for Health Security-funded project.

Emerging infectious diseases pose an intensifying global health threat, especially in the context of fragile health systems in developing countries. A pressing need therefore exists for continued surveillance, rapid diagnosis and real-time tracking of emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

STRIVE PNG aims to generate evidence to enable the implementation of rapid-response strategies for surveillance of malaria and other vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in PNG and assess the feasibility, acceptability and financing of new policy options for stronger national surveillance and systems support.

At the same time, the project aims to contribute capacity development by building up PNG capacity for research implementation and developing policy options to safeguard the country against VBDs.

This project is supported by DFAT Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security focusing on a shared regional priority of promoting health security across the Indo-Pacific region.

The Project uses a partnership-based approach involving joint decision-making, co-design of activities, shared resource contribution and mutual accountability.


May 2018 - May 2021


  • PNG National Department of Health (Malaria Control Program and Central Public Health Laboratory)
  • PNG Institute of Medical Research
  • University of PNG


DFAT Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Associate Professor Leanne Robinson

Co-Program Director, Health Security; Principal Research Fellow, Group Leader, Vector-Borne Diseases and Tropical Public Health


[email protected]