Papua New Guinea

Country Info

CARE has worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since 1989, implementing long-term development projects and responding to emergencies including the El Nino drought and frost in 1997, the Aitape tsunami in 1998, the Manam Island volcanic eruption in 2004 and floods in the Oro province in 2007.

CARE continues to assist during emergencies, most recently supporting remote communities in Wonenara Sub-district of the Eastern Highlands Province with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene training and provisions after a severe outbreak of dysentery in the area.

We are also supporting remote and disadvantaged areas with improved governance, agricultural practices, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and HIV prevention and care. We are providing assistance to disaster risk management, working to address gender-based violence and support women with increased opportunities to generate an income.


Our Work in Papua New Guinea

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Papua New Guinea

El Niño and CARE’s Response

Our Vision

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.