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Public health still a problem in PNG: NGO

According to Susu Mamas, PNG still has one of the highest mortality rates for children under five years of age in the Western Pacific Region.

Susu Mamas is a registered national non-government organisation providing free integrated primary health care services, including maternal and child health services in a number of urban health facilities and mobile rural outreach services.

Boy's heart stopped after bite of hot dog

But choking wasn't the cause, according to a case studypublished Wednesday in the journal Pediatrics.

The terrifying incident had a much more unlikely cause, according to Dr. Isa Ozyilmaz of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul.

Study: Caesarean births linked to developmental delays in primary school children

Using NAPLAN test results of 5,000 year 3 students, researchers from the University of Melbourne found the delays were equivalent to a child missing about 35 days of a school year.

Melbourne University's Cain Polidano described the findings are relatively small but significant.

"There is already a bit of evidence that shows that caesarean birth is related to a number of negative childhood health outcomes, including risks of ADHD, autism and also asthma", Dr Polidano said.

Foundation aims to improve literacy in PNG

She is the coordinator of Telikom Foundation Inc (TFI) , who today launched its Foundation Donation Box.

The donation box captures two programs within itself:

  • Donation of library books for school children
  • Donation of items to be presented to the Children’s Ward at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

This is part of the foundation’s goal and vision to improve literacy in the country.

Bafmatuk said PNG has very low literacy rates.

Chain-smoking children: Indonesia's ongoing tobacco epidemic

But this boy has a tumultuous past and a reputation that precedes him, having undergone a recovery most children will never face.

Six years ago, Aldi Suganda, also known as Aldi Rizal, was a 2-year-old chain smoker addicted to cigarettes, smoking packs each day. "It was hard for me to stop," he said. "If I am not smoking, my mouth taste is sour and my head feel dizzy.

"I am happy now. I feel more enthusiastic, and my body is feeling fresh," he said.

Help! 11 tips to get kids to eat healthy

Countless parents have kids who just want to eat chicken nuggets, or pasta, or macaroni and cheese, or all of the above, and definitely without any vegetables.

It's a problem throughout the year, but at back-to-school time, it gets maybe a tad more stressful, as parents are looking to start over or at least give their kids lunches that pack a healthy punch and won't get traded away for Oreos or some other sugary snack.

Harsh parenting reduced

The Parenting for Child Development program was jointly created by UNICEF, the Menzies school of Health Research and Catholic Archdiocese Madang, Hagen and Kundiawa.

The program aims to increase parents’ awareness of child development, reduce use of harsh discipline against children and improve family relationships.

It is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program, and tested in 10 communities in Western Highlands and Madang Province.

(Picture: Brett Davis Flickr/CC license)

Why having an only child can be good for everyone

Parents of only children by choice are no strangers to these questions.

But evidence shows there are very few drawbacks to a one-child family, and according to one expert those passing judgement are likely envious because they have "suffered through" raising several children.

Between Canditta Natakuapa and her husband, they have 17 siblings. So deciding to have just the one child was easy for the pair who value work-life balance and giving their son "the best start in life".

When men can't have children, they suffer in silence

Last month it was revealed sperm concentrations in Western men have declined by more than 50 per cent over the past 40 years — with diet and environmental influences possibly to blame.

And despite an estimated one in 20 Australian men experiencing some kind of reproductive problem, men often suffer in silence when struggling to become dads.

Paedophiles in PNG

“We do have paedophiles…but we are talking about it as if it’s outside of PNG borders…I tell you it’s happening here,” said Tessie Soi – clinical manager at POM FSC.

In 2016, according to statistics outlined by Family Support Centre, a total of 1152 cases were reported.

The month of September recorded the highest number of cases, particularly for females between the ages of 0 – 17 years old.

These incidents take place in familiar environments, by familiar people – always a case of broken trust.