Marie Stopes PNG

MSPNG Transports Families For Vaccination

MSPNG has extended its support to transport the family and friends of its employees, from their homes to facilities in Port Moresby.

The initiative was launched to support the government’s ‘Sleeves Up’ COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

MSPNG Country Director, Dr David Ayres said their staff have been 100 percent vaccinated since July, and that has definitely helped them weather the third wave.

Family Planning Service In Village

Lianne (surname withheld) from Aba village in Oro’s Tamata LLG with her husband Ben were given family planning choices during a Marie Stopes outreach team patrol visit from Lae recently.  

 “Oro! Oro! Oro! Thank you Marie Stopes for visiting this part of the province,” Lianne chanted in her local vernacular.

“I was using herbs to assist my husband and I control and space our children, but that did not work,” she says.

Marie Stopes Launch Housing Policy

Dr Ayres said MSPNG seeks to become an employer of choice in the health and non-profit sectors while ensuring staff are rewarded fairly and reasonably making this an important part of achieving that.

“MSPNG recognizes that for our staff, the cost of accommodation often absorbs a large percentage of their annual income, and often diminishes their capacity to meet other essential household expenses,” he said.

Marie Stopes Trains New Intakes

The training program was on non-clinical and clinical training. The new hires comprise of one Health Extension officer and the rest are male and female nurses, all from different nursing schools and health facilities in the country.

Those selected to travel, will be stationed at respective Marie Stopes service delivery sites in Hela, Lae, Balimo, Kiunga, Daru and East New Britain.

Marie Stopes focuses on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Its aim is to educate people on the importance of Family Planning and what it entails.

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.

Women, girls encouraged to make informed decisions

Marie Stopes PNG is hosting a three-day outreach at the Hevea Cup and Wellness Expo from March 5-7 at the National Football Stadium.

The outreach, which is supported by the Australian government through the PNG-Australia Partnership, includes free counselling services on family planning, contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted infection prevention.

Marie Stopes marketing and advocacy coordinator, Cathy Tukne, will be at the expo and plans to draw on her own experiences as a teen mother to educate women and girls on family planning.

Misconceptions clarified

The non-government organisation (NGO) has inserted the arm implants since 2011 and says it is becoming popular among women aged 25 to 29.

Effective family planning prevents maternal deaths as pregnancy in PNG places many women at considerable risks.

Marie Stopes PNG believes women, men and adolescents must be informed with the right information to empower them to make informed decisions.

While there are many contraceptive methods in the country, there are numerous misconceptions surrounding the implant and the expected changes a women’s body may experience.

‘We must reach them’

“We walk for days, sleep in the bushes, cross rivers, climb mountains and fight mosquitoes and leeches, so our people in the remote areas of Papua New Guinea can access health services.”

This is the passion of Joseph Mondo who travels across Western Highlands Province to raise awareness about family planning options and methods. A clinician with Marie Stopes PNG, Mondo is proud to be one of few men in this role and says it is rewarding to help save lives.

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.”

World Contraception Day

The theme ‘It’s your life, it’s your responsibility,’ addresses the message to remove these barriers and allow them access to contraception.

Marie Stopes reported that adolescents all too often are told not to engage in sexual activities outside of marriage, hence are denied contraception.

However, Marie Stopes says this does not stop them from engaging in sex; instead increases the chances of unplanned pregnancies, with devastating impacts, not just with future dreams, but death when many make the choice of going through unsafe abortion.