papua new guinea
SUN Countries

Papua New Guinea

Joined Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement: 2022

April 2016

National multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition: 2022

Nutrition Sector

Sun Government Focal Point/Country Coordinator

Wilson Karoke, Technical Advisor, Nutrition & Dietetics, Department of Health

Country nutrition status 2022

  • Yes
  • In process
  • No
  • Costed
  • M&E framework

National multi-stakeholder platform (MSP)

Date established
MSP annual action plan exists

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Subnational nutrition coordination mechanism

Subnational MSPs exist
Subnational MSPs have annual action plans

SUN networks in-country presence

SUN Civil Society Network
SUN Business Network
SUN Academy Network
SUN Donor Network
Others: e.g. youth, parliamentarian, media

Finance for nutrition

Resource mobilization strategy exists
Budget tracking exercise done this year
Funding gaps identified this year
Domestic expenditures on nutrition tracked

Country priorities 2022

Completing the National Nutrition Survey, which will serve as the primary Government document, is a key priority. This will provide the latest data for fostering nutrition investments and guiding evidence-based programming.

2022 Shared country good practice

Child Nutrition and Social Protection Project

Strengthening partnerships

Under this project, $890 million was received as a concessional loan from the World Bank. This was complemented by additional co-funding in the form of a $10 million grant from the Government of Australia to reduce childhood stunting.

Progress towards SUN 3.0 Strategic Objectives (SO)


Papua New Guinea has its Nutrition Policy 2016–2026, but the National Nutrition Strategic Action Plan (2018–2022) has lapsed. Efforts are underway to develop the 2023–2026 Strategic Action Plan, along with plans for monitoring and evaluation and advocacy.


The country priorities have been defined and agreed upon. However, support is needed from stakeholders nationally and globally to achieve these goals.


Papua New Guinea is establishing a School of Food Science and Human Nutrition to further improve staff capacity in nutrition. Currently, nutritionists are trained overseas, as there are no facilities in the country.


The SUN Movement is working with other stakeholders, but limited resources is a key challenge. Partners have agreed upon country priorities, but there is an overall lack of investment in nutrition.