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Papua New Guinea
Our visit to Papua New Guinea

In April 2009, the Providing Essentials team visited our project sites in Papua New Guinea.

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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day, an annual event promoting hygiene, was organized three times in schools in the target provinces. A total of 25,000 children are spreading the message of good hygiene to their friends, families and communities.

-->> About Handwashing Day at Okiufa Primary School
Human interest stories

Read how the lack of clean drinking water prevents girls from getting an education.

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-->> Two teenage girls dream of being doctors download pdf
-->> A girl who badly wants to go to high school download pdf

From 2007 to 2011 Providing Essentials for Children has provided access to clean drinking water and hygiene education for 23,000 people. This includes 13,000 children in 28 schools and 21 rural health clinics. In these places we installed:
  • 254 toilets
  • 106 rain water catchments
  • 69 water taps
Providing Essentials has also provided 12 villages with:
  • 9 gravity water systems
  • 18 toilets
At a glance

Rural population
Life expectancy
Child mortality under 5 years
Child mortality under 1 year
Access to clean drinking water
Access to sanitation facilities
Adult illiteracy

6.7 million
4.9 million
61 years
68 children per 1000
52 children per 1000
40% (2008) 33% rural
45% (2008) 41% rural
60% (2005 - 2008)

Although a large part of Papua New Guinea is covered with tropical rain forests, there is a major shortage of clean drinking water in remote areas. There are no water supply systems and sanitary facilities because it is difficult to transport the right materials and expertise. Many children become ill and even die from drinking contaminated water. They also infect each other as a result of poor hygiene habits.

Papua New Guinea is a mountainous country, east of Indonesia. In recent years it has endured: volcano eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and drought. Poverty is widespread. The great majority of the population lives in remote villages, which are very difficult to reach. As a result, the health situation is poor. UNICEF is setting up health centres where children can be vaccinated and where mothers can receive information about health and hygiene.
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