PIMI supports public-private partnerships to control and eliminate malaria in Papua New Guinea

The PNG Industry Malaria Initiative (PIMI) is a new, highly innovative PNG industry sector initiative that enlists the country’s major resource sector companies to accelerate implementation of the National Malaria Control Strategy with the further specific goal of achieving PNG malaria elimination by 2050.

The fundamental concept of PIMI is to support major resource operators (energy, mining and agribusiness) in PNG to create public-private partnerships (PPPs) with their host provinces to progress malaria control and eventually drive towards elimination.

The PIMI strategy is supported by the National Department of Health, which presently is finalising its “National Health Sector Partnership Policy” to provide the appropriate policy platform to faciliate the establishment of the envisioned PPP’s.

“A Malaria Control programme is the best example of a sustainable Corporate Social Investment programme for a company operating in a malaria endemic area; with a win – win for Company and community”

Steve KnowlesProject Director, PIMI

OBJECTIVES

  • To enlist the country’s major resource sector companies to accelerate implementation of the National Malaria Control Strategy;
  • To encourage the private sector to fully collaborate on malaria control and elimination through a collective impact approach with converging vision and commitment to share data;
  • To aim primarily on facilitating public-private partnerships (PPPs) between industry and Provincial governments, to scale up malaria control in industry specific areas;
  • To endorse the essential role of industry as an integral part of the development of PNG;
  • To gain full support from the National Department of Health (NDoH);
  • To aim for malaria elimination in PNG by 2050;
  • To create a Taskforce team comprising full-time and part-time staff, to be supported and funded by PNG resource and agribusiness industry.

The core objective of PIMI is to enlist the country’s major resource sector companies to accelerate the implementation of PNG’s National Malaria Control Strategy.

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To closely align PIMI with the National Malaria Control Strategy, Deputy Secretary for Health, Dr Paison Dakulala serves as a PIMI Board member and National Malaria Programme Manager, Mr Leo Makita serves on the Expert Technical Advisory Panel.