Dr. Henry Welch of UPNG/Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor University provides a tour of the Pediatric TB ward at Port Moresby General Hospital in PNG   to Dr. Carlos Williams,  U.S. Health Affairs Attaché to the Pacific Islands

Dr. Henry Welch  provides a tour of the Pediatric TB ward at Port Moresby General Hospital to Dr. Carlos Williams, U.S. Health Affairs Attaché to the Pacific Islands

Commentary Contributor: Dr Henry Welch

On 24 March 2015 we observed World TB Day with this year’s theme being “Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone”.  Amazingly, we still live in a time where there are an estimated 9 million new TB cases annually, and nearly 3 million cases potentially go undiagnosed, untreated or unreported.  Like many developing nations, Tuberculosis (TB) continues to plague Papua New Guinea (PNG), impacting the lives of children, adolescents, young adults, and the elderly.

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The Changing Face of Health in the South Pacific

On March 14, 2014, in Published Media, by U.S. Health Affairs Attache
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Diabetes screening at the Health Expo in PNG

Nations around the world both developing and developed alike are waking up and realizing the impact that non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, cancer, violence and drug addiction are having and will have on their population and economic growth. The reality is shocking. According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases, notably cardiovascular disease and diabetes, account for over 75% …

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GIZO, Solomon Islands (August 5, 2013) U.S. Ambassador Walter North with students at Gizo Primary School during Pacific Partnership 2013

GIZO, Solomon Islands (August 5, 2013) U.S. Ambassador Walter North with students at Gizo Primary School during Pacific Partnership 2013

A road map to sustainability is a unique and complex concept, yet I believe it is achievable. When we think of sustainability as a capacity to endure, we must first understand the factors that have allowed our South Pacific partner nations’ cultures to be resilient and the challenges that stand in the way of them establishing a healthy and productive economy, a fair and equitable

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