Papua New Guinea

Paediatric Snapshot

Papua New Guinea is located north of the Australian mainland; the country’s geography is diverse and, in places, extremely rugged. A spine of mountains, the New Guinea Highlands, runs the length of the island of New Guinea. It is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. There are 839 known languages of Papua New Guinea, one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world.[5] As of 2019, it is also the most rural, as only 13.25% of its people live in urban centres.[14] Most of the population of 10,329,931 people live in customary communities.

Child Survival

 

Neonatal mortality

21/1000

Infant mortality

34/1000

Under 5 mortality

42.8 / 1000

Maternal mortality

(Aust = 6.8/100,000)

145

Nutrition

 

Exclusive breast feeding

60% to 5 months

Stunting

51%

Wasting

14%

Immunisation rates

31% receive 3rd DTP

20% receive 2nd measles containing vaccine

WASH*

water sanitation and hygiene

19% with basic sanitation services

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