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Country Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

Papua New Guinea

In 2020 in Papua New Guinea, there were an estimated 860,000 people with vision loss. Of these, 28,000 people were blind.

Papua New Guinea

  • GBD Region
    Oceania
  • GBD Super Region
    Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania
  • Population (2020)
    8.95 million
  • GDP per capita ($US, 2019)
    2,845
  • Human Development Index (HDI) (2019)
    0.54 (low)
  • Blindness (crude)
    0.30%
  • All vision loss (crude)
    8.60%
  • Proportion who are female
    51%
  • Gender ratio (age-std)
    1.12

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Crude prevalence of vision loss in Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Mexico, 2020

(all ages, males & females)

Source: Data from VLEG/GBD 2020 model, accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas
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National indicators for eye health services in Papua New Guinea

IAPB has collected key national indicator data on an annual basis since 2008.

Data sources include Ministry of Health staff or other key respondents, as well as published data. Data have not been received for all countries, or all indicators. The “Year Last Reported” column shows the most recent data received, and “No data” indicates no data available to IAPB in any year since 2008.

More information on data sources and limitations is available on the National indicators page.

Indicator
Data
Rank
Year Last Reported
Data Source
Cataract surgical service delivery
Effective cataract surgical coverage (eCSC)
No data
Cataract surgeries performed (annual)
1,400
105 of 120
Cataract surgical rate (CSR) (per million)
196
167 of 176
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Number of eye care personnel by cadre
No. of ophthalmologists
11
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
Ophthalmologists per million
1.4
167 of 191
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
No. of optometrists
5
2020
WCO/AVRI/BHVI
Optometrists per million
0.6
133 of 159
2020
WCO/AVRI/BHVI
No. of allied ophthalmic personnel
76
2017
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Allied ophthalmic personnel per million
9
68 of 102
2017
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Data and assessments
Eye health prevalence data survey completed (since 1987)
RAAB
2019
Online search
Eye Care Service Assessment completed?
ECSAT
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
International Vision Health Scorecard
No data
National eye health resources and plans
National Eye Health Co-ordinator
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Committee
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan Start Date
2018
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan End Date
2018
Ministry of Health or key respondent