More than half of PNG’s districts have no doctor.


“Doctors Short!” Stating the obvious perhaps, but this was the screaming front page of the Post Courier on May 25th.

Doctor distribution - May 2015

Reviewing the current status of the medical workforce outside NCD, 49 of the 88 districts had no full time doctor present. This represented a population (using 2011 census data) of over 3.24 million people without access to medical care.

Given the fact that doctors based in provincial centres are for the most part not covering populations outside the LLG in which they reside, it is certain that a LLG by LLG breakdown of this data will give an even greater sense of urgency to the crisis.

2 thoughts on “More than half of PNG’s districts have no doctor.

  1. Thank you David. I am serving in Milne Bay District of Kiriwina-Goodenough as District Medical Officer under a district support initiative and it is encouraging to note the invaluable contribution by the society towards the quest to archieve better health for the rural majority in PNG

  2. Yes thanks for that. Thats one of the key reasons for building the Society – to build links with people working out there like you and bring us all together to support one another. Keep up your hard work! I’m sure your people really appreciate it.

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