Family planning key to addressing high mortality rate

Family planning is the way forward and has the potential to address the high maternal and infant mortality rate in Papua New Guinea.

Statistics from the National Health Department, revealed this week by Health Secretary Pascoe Kase, stated that our maternal mortality is 733 deaths per 100,000 live births.

PNG’s infant mortality is also too high at 45 per thousand live births. 

Kase said family planning reduces the risk of pregnancy-related death by 32 percent.

Kase said when women have access to family planning, infant mortality is reduced by approximately 30 percent.

“We also know that the education of women can reduce poverty and improve health and education outcomes for their families.

“Family planning helps our young women choose to complete their education because they may delay pregnancy until after they finish school,” Kase said.

Some of the figures for maternal mortality and infant mortality tell a human story of suffering and loss, which is all too familiar to us.

He added that in supporting and encouraging Papua New Guineans to exercise their right to access family planning, this can change some of those stories into stories of hope, of empowerment and dignity.

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Quintina Naime