World Vision Papua New Guinea

About Us

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world. There are more than 800 languages spoken and the landscape is dominated by mountains, rivers and coastal lowlands. The capital, Port Moresby, is not linked by road to the rest of the country and most travel between provinces is by air.

Operating in PNG has many challenges including high levels of poverty, inadequate infrastructure, high levels of violence across ethnic groups and against women and children, and strong cultural attitudes, such as sorcery, which hinders development. Despite these challenges, World Vision works closely with communities, the government and local partners to create long-lasting change. 

Fast facts

  • Total population: 6,858,000 [i]
  • Average life expectancy: 61 years [ii]
  • Births attended by skilled health personnel: 40 percent [iii]
  • Population living below the national poverty line:  28 percent [iv]

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

We assist 100 million people worldwide (including 2.4 million children), work in close to 100 countries and have more than 40,000 staff.

World Vision started working in PNG in 1974 and uses an integrated approach to help communities deal with immediate problems, like malnutrition and disease, as well as the underlying causes of poverty such as unemployment, illiteracy and drug and alcohol dependency.

World Vision PNG (WVPNG) operates in several provinces and focuses on health and nutrition, tuberculosis (TB) treatment and prevention, water, sanitation and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, gender equality, education, economic development and disaster risk reduction.