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Papua New Guinea

Photo: Sign language class in Papua New Guinea. Credit: Light for the World

Giving a sign

Papua New Guinea has one of the world’s highest rates of hearing problems: 3.6 million people have hearing problems, often caused by malaria, middle ear inflammation or other untreated diseases. Many villages are hard to reach and access to proper health care is a challenge. In addition to Community Based Rehabilitation, Inclusive Education programmes and eye health programmes we have supported the development of a sign language that can be used throughout the country.

Following the huge success of governmental recognition of the sign language as a national language in 2015, we are now supporting the training of teachers and sign language interpreters. In 2016, 28,565 people benefitted from our work, 15,821 of them hard of hearing or deaf.

Papua New Guinea
Map: Papua New Guinea
  • Area: 462,859 km2
  • Population: 7.3 million
  • Expectancy of life: 67.2 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 6
  • Ophthalmologists supported by us: 1
Benjamin Bach. Credit: Gregor Kuntscher

Your contact person for our Inclusive Education programmes and our work in Papua New Guinea: Benjamin Bach

+43 1 810 13 00 - 75
b.bach [at]

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