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Family Planning rural outreach

The outreaches provide contraceptive education, information and services for women and girls, which can have significant health, societal and economic benefits.

One beneficiary was 26-year-old Sarah Greg who attended a temporary Marie Stopes clinic set up near Wampar Health Centre in Huon District.

Despite being new to family planning, Sarah was no stranger to the hardship of having too many children.

“I come from a large family. Watching my mother struggle to care for my siblings, and it made me realise I do not want the same life,” she said.

Free Vasectomies

Marie Stopes (MSPNG) PNG is encouraging fathers and young men to consider having a vasectomy when they are certain they do not want any children.

MSPNG’s Director for Service Delivery, Loretta Bele said MSPNG has performed over 10,000 NSVs since it began operations in 2006.

“In 2009, when we started doing NSV, we served 17 men. By 2019, we provided vasectomies to more than 2,400 men in PNG, covering both rural and urban communities,” she said.

COVID-19 raises need for Family Planning, and related health services

Dr David Ayers, Director of Marie Stopes PNG said during these times the demand for family planning and sexual and reproductive health services increases.

“Marie Stopes is an international organization that worked throughout the world during times of crisis like the Ebola epidemic in Africa so the organization in PNG draws on a lot of that knowledge. We know, for example, that domestic violence increases during these times and often the consequence of domestic violence is sexual and reproductive health problems in women.

Break the stigma

     

Soon enough, there's a knock on the door and the women quietly enter the clinic while their husbands keep watch in the dark.

One talks of her failure to access family planning at her local health centre because the nurse was from her village.

“If I went to her, I knew my family and community would find out the same day that I have gone looking for family planning,” she says.

“Using modern family planning methods is against the social and religious beliefs of my family and community. I cannot risk it.”

Non-Scalpel Vasectomy Training, Bialla

A one week training was conducted at the Bialla health centre involving six health workers from six health posts in the district. The family planning training was conducted by the West New Britain Health Authorities with major support from the United National Population Fund or UNFPA. The training program focused on a simple procedure that does not involve an operation, on the male client. This procedure is deemed to be an alternative of a woman receiving Tubal ligation.

New family planning program in Hela

The new outreach program base, supported by the Oil Search Foundation, is located at Pii Laydown Junction.

“The launch represents a major partnership exercise between MSPNG and the Hela Provincial Health Authority and is focused on supporting the maternal child health care needs in Hela under the Wok Bung Wantaim (WBW) initiative,” said Rodney Ingersoll, Oil Search Foundation’s Hela Provincial Development Manager.

“Lessons learned will be shared widely in a united effort towards improving front line service delivery.”

Family planning awareness to reduce maternal deaths

The mother-of-three is a registered nurse at the new Marie Stopes clinic at Nonga General Hospital in Rabaul, which officially opened on 5 April.

Tenakanai provides family planning guidance to men and women at the clinic and during outreach services to remote villages.

Originally from Ratongor in Gazelle District, she was inspired to become a nurse in maternal and child health after seeing preventable deaths in her community.

Health expert highlights strategies of improving maternal deaths

Dr Sauk highlighted that supervised deliveries and improving the overall family planning coverage greatly improves maternal deaths, at least up to 75 percent.

She revealed that PNG has seen a decreasing supervised delivery statistics at 36 percent and family planning prevalence of 20 percent due to challenges with access to facilities.

Dr Sauk said medical causes of maternal deaths in PNG and almost all preventable include infections following births, miscarriage, abortion, anaemia, malaria, tuberculosis and gender based violence.

Male birth control shot found effective, but side effects cut study short

Women can choose from a variety of options to control fertility while for generations, men have been limited to withdrawal, condoms and sterilization. But someday soon, a new method may allow men to shoulder a greater share of responsibility.

A new hormonal birth control shot for men effectively prevented pregnancy in female partners, a new study found.

Youths encouraged to use family planning

Peer educator at the University of PNG Benaiah Nari called on youths to come forward and seek family planning information, be advised by professionals and access family planning services.

Nari said that with the launch of Marie Stopes media campaign on promoting the National Family Planning Policy 2014, we need a collaborative effort from all stakeholders to implement this policy.

“We need health professionals to be free from their personal beliefs and give fair treatment and information to all who seek the service.