Lack of education in reproductive health has resulted in a population boom in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
This was a concern raised at the Advocacy Training on Sexual Reproductive Health in Arawa, prompting an urgent need to help break down barriers on traditional laws on sexual reproductive health.
The Advocacy Training on Sexual Reproductive Health discussed many obstacles involved, like cultural taboo.
However as time has changed, the Sexual Reproductive Health topic must be discussed openly said facilitator Celyn Tusalah, because it is life threatening with women having a greater risk than men.
“We must talk openly and break openly about sexual reproductive health to our young people,” said Tusalah.
While the population booms, resources remain the same.
Tousalah said that Bougainville records 10,000 births annually, and there’s urgency needed for people to access family health services.
“Let us partner with communities and provide health support to the people,” said Tusalah.
Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea Women’s Council President, Theresa Jaintong, said such trainings are important for Bougainville’s economic development.
“I thank the UNFPA for the funding support that has enabled us with this training.”
The Advocacy Training on Sexual Reproductive Health will allow for more interactive communication, aimed to improve family planning.