IVI and Papua New Guinea
IVI Member State
On November 26, 1996, The Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations, H.E. Utula Utuoc Samana, signed the IVI Establishment Agreement.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance
In 2019, IVI initiated a program to study the prevalence of AMR in Papua New Guinea. The program, part of an IVI-led consortium known as CAPTURA, or Capturing Data on Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns and Trends in Use in Regions in Asia, works closely with the National Department of Health and Port Moresby General Hospital.
CAPTURA aims to increase the volume of data available to improve spatiotemporal mapping of AMR and antimicrobial use (AMU); assess the quality of data and provide meta-data to give regional and inter-regional context; undertake analysis of the data; and ensure findings are disseminated locally, regionally, and globally. The project will identify gaps in data and areas for quality improvement that can be addressed in future initiatives to strengthen surveillance capacity. Finally, the information resource generated by the project will improve awareness, advocacy, policy, and interventions needed to combat AMR and antimicrobial misuse.