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Strengthening church and government partnerships for primary health care delivery in Papua New Guinea: Lessons from the international experience

Judith Ascroft, Rohan Sweeney, Margareth Samei, Irene Semos, Chris Morgan


This paper draws lessons from partnerships between church and government health service providers in low-and-middle-income countries to contribute to strengthening the partnership between church and government providers in Papua New Guinea.

A literature review of published peer-reviewed grey literature examined: - How primary health care service provision by church-based organisations differs to that of government - The characteristics of arrangements for governments to engage non-state providers in primary health care service provision

The research revealed important implications for PNG and factors to enhance the partnership, including: - Contracted clearly defined of roles and responsibilities - Enabling remote service providers to reflect local contexts within the framework of national policies - Assured funding commitments from government coupled with improved transparency in church financial reporting - Collaboration in policy development, planning and implementation of agreed standards - Using the church sector’s strength in training health workers to improve human resource management - Acknowledging and managing the differences in culture and style - Incorporating support from other development partners or church health networks.


  • Journal: Health Policy and Health Finance Knowledge Hub: Working Paper 16
  • Published: 01/12/2011