Emergency Hotline Project Handed Over to Health Department

The Childbirth Emergency Hotline project was handed over tothe National Health Department in Port Moresby yesterday to help solvPNG’s high maternal mortality rate.


This system gives remote health workers a two-way communication process with real-time advice in medical emergencies in childbirth situations.

A copy ofthe project was presented to Head of AusAid in PNG Stuart Schaefer, as partners in this service delivery mechanism.


PNG has an alarming high maternal mortality rate with five women dying every day while giving birth.


Reports show thatomost cases arethe uncertainty of rural health workers in birth complication situations.


The childbirth emergency hotline project has provern effective with tangible results as a pilot project in Milne Bey Province.


“Sincethe project was implemented, it has so far been successful. Many mthers and babies have been saved,” said Gaius Sabumei, Assistant Project Officer.

Sabumei says this innovative service delivery tool isthe way forward forPNG


Alice Siwawata,the Health Extension Officer who takes calls atthe call centre saysthe government must embracethe project.

“It is noticed that by giving appropriate advice overthe phone helpsthe health workers in rural health centers to managetheir patient’s accordingly so that a desired result is achieved,” said Siwawata.   

ther provinces like Oro, West Sepik and Chimbu will be next to trialthe project.

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