Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Arriving in Lae

This morning we arrived in the province of Morobe and are staying in PNG’s second city Lae. Like Port Moresby, Lae is struggling under the effects of a growing population, crime, HIV/AIDS and struggling public services.

On the schedule are visits to the local secondary school, the main hospital and the Markham Valley.

What everyone in the delegation is taking on board is the complexity of the issues facing PNG. There is layer upon layer of problems and possible solutions. What worked in Africa in terms of HIV/AIDS cannot be facsimiled to PNG – the diversity of culture, language, religion, custom seem to doom off-the-shelf solutions to failure.


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