Marie Stopes PNG: Reaching Rural Communities

Some women in rural areas of Papua New Guinea have never had access to family planning, especially modern methods.

Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea, a non-Government organization, established in the country in 2006, has been providing that service to those in the rural areas.


The organization is a social enterprise, affiliated with Marie Stopes International, which delivers quality sexual and reproductive healthcare, and family planning services to the underserved population of PNG.


Sexual and reproductive healthcare and family planning issues are topics not discussed by many in our society.


Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea (MSPNG) is an organization devoted to addressing these issues.


With four clinics in NCD, Mt. Hagen, Goroka and Lae, and eight outreach teams operating in NCD, Central, Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, Morobe, Madang and Milne Bay province, the aim is to reach those in the remotest parts of PNG.


Country Director of MSPNG, Tom Ellum, said the number of clients needing sexual and reproductive healthcare, has increased over the years, and almost 90, 000 people have received services from the organization with last year, recording 27 000 patients.


He says the organization is looking at providing services to 37, 000 people this year.


The organization in partnership with the PNG government, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the United Nations has been working on projects to help the country address these issues.


Currently, having only 65 staff on hand and 20 support staff that do outreach awareness, the organization continues to provide services to the people of Papua New Guinea.


Ellum also says outreach centers will soon be established in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and West Sepik province.

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