Posted By Staff Reporter
The International AIDS Conference 2014 has witnessed strategic discussions about how the Public-Private Partnership mechanism can play a vital role in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
The private sector has quality skills and expertise, but the challenge is to produce an efficient and coordinated approach of working together with stakeholders, in delivering services in difficult and harsh conditions.
Oil Search has participated in the week-long Conference, and its work through the Oil Search Health Foundation in PNG, was recognized by many distinguished speakers.
Papua New Guinea has the highest rate of HIV transmission in the Pacific.
Much emphasis was placed on how the Private Sector can get more involved through transparent partnerships with relevant stakeholders.
In PNG context, Oil Search in particular, was cited as an example and commended for its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.
Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, Jan Beagle, echoed the same sentiments and described the significance of the work of Oil Search in PNG.
Although solutions are different around the world, the involvement of the private sector usually has tangible results.
The learning experiences and expertise that Oil Search has in dealing with remote local communities within their operating sites in PNG, influences successful outcomes in its public-private partnership.
Health and HIV/AIDS Minister, Michael Malabag expressed gratitude for Oil Search’s efforts in fighting HIV in PNG, as well its participation in the Conference.
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