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Health, Population and HIV/AIDs Sectoral Committee

The Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) is empowered by its Terms of Reference (TOR) to establish: (a) thematic groups to provide the Council with expert advice on specific or cross-sectoral issues as well as (b) broad - based sectoral groups to discuss and propose sectoral policies. The CIMC Health, Population & HIV AIDS sectoral committee was established in 2009 and is chaired by Secretaries from the Department of Health with the two deputies as alternative chairs. In the event that the Secretary is unavailable the next available deputy secretary steps in to chair. The CIMC Health and Population Sectoral Committee is guided by its Terms of Reference.

Purpose of the Committee

The aim of this Committee is to maintain constant and sustained dialogue between members and relevant stake holders discussing issues affecting health service delivery in the country and to propose appropriate strategies to address them going forward.

The main objective of the CIMC Health and Population Sectoral Committee is to act as a forum in which members share information (updates on implementation of key government plans, policies and strategies), recommend follow up actions on areas requiring attention, and to foster and support advocacy in the areas of health, HIV/AIDS and Population.


Functions of the Committee

The CIMC Health and Population Sectoral Committee plays a vital role in:
Facilitating quarterly meetings in a year, maintaining constant and sustained dialogue between members and relevant stakeholders

Acting as a forum in which members share information, initiate, plan and coordinate policy and advocacy initiatives in the areas of health, HIV/AIDS and population

Acting as an advisory body to Government through the National Department of Health and the National Executive Council (NEC) on health and population matters

Monitoring progress in implementation of key health and population related recommendations made to government and to report on problems being encountered in their implementation as well as proposing strategies to address them going forward

Acting as an information clearing-house for key government interventions (i.e. policies, plans and strategies) aimed at addressing health and population matters using the CIMC networks in the provinces and regions

Acting as a government rear vision and enable government to talk across agencies and levels as well as key stakeholders outside of government circles. It helps stakeholders to understand how the bureaucracy works, and what the functions of agencies are, as well as the constraints they face. The type of feedback derived from these consultations enable government to reassess its performance over time in key priority areas and pave the best possible way forward addressing issues in an informed manner. 

Innovatively identifying gaps in health service delivery, mapping out key players in the sector, and by harnessing the spirit of partnership narrowing in on the gaps by drawing the linkages in the health service delivery chain.

Committee’s Composition

Membership of the CIMC Health and Population Sectoral Committee comprises of representatives from the following agencies and remains open:

a. Government
 Department of Health
 Department of National Planning and Monitoring
 Department of Education
 Department of Implementation and Rural Development
 National Statistics Office

b. Private Sector
 Business Council of PNG
 PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, etc,

c. Research and Educational Institutions
 National Research Institute
 PNG Institute of Medical Research
 UPNG School of Medicine and Health Sciences
 Institute of National Affairs, etc,

d. Professional Associations and Civil Society Service Providers
 National Doctors (Nurses) Association
 Churches Medical Council
 National Council of Women
 PNG Trade Union Congress
 PNG Medical Society
 St. John Health Services
 Igat Hope (PNG) Inc
 Susu Mamas
 Family Health International
 Marie Stopes PNG
 Hope Worldwide
 Anglicare PNG
 Population Services International
 World Vision, etc

e. Development Partners
 United Nations Population Fund
 Australian Agency for International Development, etc

f. And others who have an interest in health and population matters.  

Meeting Frequency

The Committee will meet quarterly. Ad hoc meetings will be scheduled as necessary in order to discuss arising issues.


Secretariat services are provided by the Senior Project Officer coordinating activities under this Committee at the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC).


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