Honoring PNGIMR nurses
Today we feature one of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research’s outstanding research nurses and midwives as a celebration of 2020’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Follow us over the next few weeks for more profiles.
Jonah Moza is a nurse who dreams of saving people who are sick or dying from communicable diseases, especially those living in the remote areas in the country. He is attached with the Malaria Control Project (MalCon) funded by the Global Fund grant to PNG. MalCon comes under the Population Health and Demography Unit located at the PNGIMR headquarters in Goroka.
The project is responsible for carrying out country-wide malaria surveys. Jonah does finger pricks, runs tests for malaria using the Rapid Diagnostic Test kit, measures haemoglobin levels, checks the spleens of children aged 2-9 years old, treats positive malaria cases and refers very ill people to the nearest health facility.
Infections & immunity
We conduct cross-disciplinary research on the most important infectious diseases in PNG, focusing on respiratory and enteric infections.
Vector borne diseases
We conduct studies in order to understand and find new methods to diagnose, treat and prevent malaria, filariasis and other mosquito borne diseases.
Sexual & reproductive health
Our Mission is to conduct policy-relevant clinical, laboratory, qualitative and health systems research to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and men in Papua New Guinea.
Population health & demography
An efficient, comprehensive and effective health system is an essential pre-requisite to good health in any country. Unfortunately, the health system in PNG is beset with many problems, including such things as deteriorating infrastructure, an aging workforce, unreliable national health information and the difficulties inherent in providing health care to rural and remote populations.