THE Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) released an evaluation of AusAID’s HIV program in Papua New Guinea in 2012.
The report assessed the program between 2006 and 2010 and it painted a rather gloomy picture. What was particularly worrying was the finding that HIV education and prevention activities were largely ineffective.
These efforts constituted the largest proportion (20%) of AusAID funding to the PNG HIV response.
The evaluation concluded that the overall effectiveness of AusAID’s $174 million intervention was “less than satisfactory” and that, while there was an effective contribution to counselling and testing, other areas, such as education and prevention, were “mostly ineffective.”