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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Flooding in the Solomon Islands, April 24, 2014

Flooding in the Solomon Islands, April 24, 2014

Over the past few weeks powerful earthquakes have struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea with the most recent occurring near PNG’s Island Province of Bougainville.  The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.5 and triggered a tsunami warning for both PNG and Solomon Islands.

The reality is the South Pacific Island nations are located in one of the

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U.S. Joins the Fight Against Cancer in the South Pacific

On April 18, 2014, in Published Media, by The Commentary Team

Pacific Isalnd Cancer Control Group 2

Cancer incidence in South Pacific countries continues to rise at alarming rates and many health authorities are concerned for this and the inevitable impact of other non-communicable disease on the development and economic growth in the region. Too often I hear of another diagnosis or death in a young person

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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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