ANCP – Kickstarting antimicrobial resistance responses in PNG (KICK AMR)

Building capacity and strengthening hospital-based systems to address the threat of AMR in major health facilities in Papua New Guinea.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as one of the greatest global health security threats of our time. Countries such as Papua New Guinea (PNG) may be disproportionately impacted by AMR due to resource, capacity, governance and health system constraints. However, the magnitude of the problem remains poorly understood and feasible solutions have not been defined and implemented.

In response to this threat, PNG has developed a multisectoral National Action Plan (NAP) on AMR (2017-2020). The NAP officially launched in August 2019 as a collaborative effort by the National Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and Livestock and the Department of Environment and Conservation.

This is a three-year pilot project supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and implemented with support from Alfred Health. Commencing in mid-2018, this project aims to build the capacity of key staff and strengthen hospital-based systems to respond to the threat of AMR.

The project is directly aligned with the strategic objectives of the PNG NAP for AMR (2017 – 2020) and is centred around the three core AMR domains of microbiology, infection prevention and control, and antimicrobial stewardship.


2018 – 2021


  • Alfred Health
  • DFAT


Australian NGO cooperation Program (ANCP)

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Ben Coghlan

Co-Program Director, Health Security




[email protected]