Better information and a willingness to tackle difficult issues are necessary to ensure a fit-for-purpose and accountable health system in Papua New Guinea.
Inez is a public health specialist with a focus on strengthening health systems in low-income settings. Prior to joining ADB, she was a monitoring and evaluation advisor for a health program in Papua New Guinea funded by the Government of Australia. Ms. Mikkelsen-Lopez also has private sector experience as part of the Access to Medicines team with pharmaceutical company Merck. She started her career at the World Bank and has field experience in Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, and Thailand.
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Community health posts are expanding across rural Papua New Guinea, where health service utilization is slowly rising.
An project cofinanced by ADB is starting to make progress on expanding health coverage to underserved rural areas.
The 12th International Conference on Urban Health was held last month for the first time in a developing country, something remarkable given that almost all urban population growth in our lifetime is predicted to take place in developing countries.