Health and HIV Governance Arrangements

The National Department of Health (NDoH) leads the Government of PNG’s healthcare approach, while the National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) leads the response to HIV and AIDS. Both are meant to coordinate closely but are separate agencies. HHISP works closely with these two agencies to deliver activities tasked by DFAT.

The health sector in PNG is delivered by government agencies, NGOs and faith-based groups. It is estimated that about 50% of health services are delivered by Church Health Services. HHISP works closely with all of these groups, including providing grants to Church Health Services and NGOs.

For the health program, the main coordination body is the Health Sector Partnership Committee (HSPC). The HSPC meets quarterly and is chaired by the NDoH - Secretary of Health - and includes representatives from:

  • National Department of Health;
  • Department of Finance;
  • Department of Treasury;
  • Department of National Planning and Monitoring;
  • Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs;
  • Provincial health divisions;
  • Development Partners;
  • Church Health Services;
  • Private sector; and
  • HHISP (as an observer).

For the HIV program, the National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) is the primary administering body. The National HIV Strategy Steering Committee is a subcommittee of NACS and coordinates annual planning approval for the National HIV Strategy. This committee includes representatives from:

  • DFAT;
  • NACS;
  • NDoH;
  • DNP&M;
  • DPLGA;
  • the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); and
  • CSOs.