PNG Govt steps down as Oil Search takes up Malaria fight

20 07 2011

Oil Search has invested in various community health programmes

Oil Search has been appointed as the new principle recipient (PR) of funding from Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, effectively replacing the National Department of Health (NDOH) as a PR starting 2012.

It is reported that the NDOH stepped down from this role upon seeing the need for a more effective manager of funds from the Global Fund. This decision was arrived at after the NDOH was found by a Global Fund audit in 2010 to have misappropriated up to US$7 million.

Oil Search, primarily an oil and gas producing company, has jumped on board to shoulder this responsibility after having previously spearheaded successful anti-malarial campaigns for close to 20 years now. As the grants funds manager, Oil Search will work hand in hand with the NDOH to see effective implementation of their malaria projects.

This is a step in the right direction in the constant battle against these major diseases and we should hopefully see better results and improved response under the management of Oil Search.

Find a detailed report here.

Go here to read up more on Oil Search’s fantastic Community Health Initiative.


Source: AlertNet 



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