ExxonMobil Launches $3.1 Million Maternal and Child Initiative in Papua New Guinea

The ExxonMobil Corporation, on behalf of the PNG LNG Project, has announced a two-year, $3.1 million initiative to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality rates in Papua New Guinea.

The program, which is being led by Texas Children's Hospital and its partner, the Baylor College of Medicine, will help support the deployment of specialist doctors to the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where they will work to strengthen the education and training of current and future healthcare professionals in the country. Although significant progress has been made in the past decade to reduce infant mortality rates in Papua New Guinea, those rates remain high when compared with other countries in the region.

"This program will enable mothers and children of Papua New Guinea to benefit from the world-class expertise of Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine," said ExxonMobil Development Company president Neil Duffin. "It is our belief that the work done through the program will help ensure improved health for the future generations of the country."