World Vision-Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea, the need to combat the spread of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is huge. To help meet this need, OMPT this year began a project with World Vision in DARU Island, Papua New Guinea, the epidemic hot-spot of the most intense rate of community transmission in the world. The project aimed to empower the local team to use video to combat the spread of the disease.

Previously relying on flipcharts and posters to raise awareness and understanding, World Vision will now make videos to inspire affected individuals to take the full 9-18 month course of medication and to share strategies to cope with the uncomfortable side effects.

Other videos will teach people simple prevention practices, like covering their mouths when they cough. Unlike with static images and posters, video enables audiences to observe vivid moving images, illuminating the difference that simple measures can make in containing the spread of disease.

Local staff will also make videos to reduce the stigma and fear of being identified as an infected person, encouraging those affected to seek treatment. These educational videos will be screened on battery powered video projectors in remote communities that can only be reached by sea or air travel.

  • Discipline: Health
  • Location: Papua New Guinea
  • Partner: World Vision
  • Project Year: 2017