By Fabian Hakalits – EMTV News, Port Moresby
While Papua New Guinea is recording poor health indicators through high child-maternal deaths, not-for-profit Australian organisations like Send Hope Not Flowers are helping to reduce these cases.
The Safe Motherhood Intervention program delivered by the Send Hope Not Flowers in Milne Bay province is helping to reduce maternal deaths.
The maternal health program encourages mothers in remote villages to have a supervised delivery in a health centre while awaiting labour.
This includes training health staff in obstetric emergencies and providing waiting houses for mothers awaiting delivery in remote villages.
Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner, Bronte Moules, while presenting the birthing models to Send Hope Not Flowers, said the Australian government would support training for health workers.
The birthing models will be used to train local health staff to deal with emergency obstetric situations.
“Send Hope Not Flowers is a not-for-profit Australian organisation, working to raise funds and awareness around maternal mortality in developing countries.
“The birthing models will support training for health workers, which will bolster skills in antenatal care and obstetrics throughout Milne Bay,” Moules said.
Improved maternal and child health outcomes are a primary focus of the Australian government’s health sector support in Papua New Guinea, through the Australian Direct Aid Program.