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Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea
Sect 53, Lot 16, Ume Street
P O Box 972
Waigani
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea
+675 325 5320

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Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea

First established in 2006, Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea is now the largest provider of sexual and reproductive healthcare in the country.

We work closely with the Government of Papua New Guinea on their National Health Plan 2011-2020 to increase uptake of modern contraception, and train public and private health workers to better meet demand for family planning services.

A low contraceptive prevalence rate of just over 25% and high maternal mortality continue to pose challenges for the country. However, the team are strongly committed to reaching the poorest and hardest to reach, and have witnessed some great successes.

Our maritime outreach team reaches remote communities living on the Milne Bay islands and along the mainland coastline, delivering life-changing contraception.

What we do in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has a supportive policy environment for family planning, with several national policies strongly advocating for the rights of the women and young people to plan for their family size and freely choose a modern contraceptive method.

This has allowed our programme in Papua New Guinea to flourish, and from small beginnings we now reach half the country through extensive rural outreach, urban centres, social marketing and health worker training.

As well as delivering services our teams use a range of methods to build knowledge, understanding and acceptance of family planning. This includes discussions around gender roles that help shift the cultural attitudes of the male population in Papua New Guinea to a more respectful view of women’s rights and contraceptive choices.

A strong focus in all our work is making our services accessible to young people, who are the most at risk and the most under-served group in Papua New Guinea. 40% of the people we reached in the country in 2015 were under 25, and this was thanks to things like welcoming youth-friendly services, a specialised hotline, and engagement with the Catholic Church who hold strong significance within the community.

We want to make sure the services we offer in Papua New Guinea are available forever, even if we’re no longer the ones delivering them. That’s why we consider it our duty to help build the capacity of the country’s local health sector. In 2015 we trained 195 government health providers - they received their certificate of competency after twelve months of clinical supervision and mentoring by Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea team members.

If more young people are aware of their reproductive rights and the importance of family planning today; they will be able to have a better tomorrow.
Maarten van de Reep
MSPNG director

Leading the world in vasectomy uptake

Vasectomy services are something of a success story for our Papua New Guinea programme – the country has the highest uptake in the Pacific Asia region.

Numbers have swelled from just 17 men in 2009 to over 1400 in 2015, covering both urban and rural communities. On at least one occasion we have witnessed over 200 men waiting for our outreach team to arrive so they could have the procedure. Many of these men had camped overnight to secure their place in line and all wanted a vasectomy.

The program’s success with vasectomy can be related to many factors, but at the heart of it all is our commitment to putting client needs at the centre:

  • Vasectomies have been performed in both clinics and on outreach – our Papua New Guinea team is the only provider to travel directly to remote communities to bring them this service.

  • Each centre and outreach team we operate in Papua New Guinea has trained at least one male nurse to perform non-scalpel vasectomies, as men in the country generally require a male to perform the procedure.

  • The non-scalpel vasectomy technique we use is fast, simple and non-invasive, minimising the risk of infections and complications.

  • The counselling we give men about vasectomy is tailored to their specific context, pressures and language, allowing them to see family planning as more than a women’s issue. By addressing family planning in the context of issues such as land, education costs and tribal fighting, they begin to see how it can be considered as a means of alleviating many of the hardships faced by their communities.

  • Male peer educators enlisted from the local community share their experiences, which men can easily relate to. This approach ensures that we give potential clients information specific to their region and in a language they can understand.
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Our impact in Papua New Guinea

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Friday 26 May 2017

MSI Australia and WaterAid partner on new project.

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Tuesday 26 June 2018

MSI serves one million adolescents since Jan 2017

Reaching girls early in their reproductive life helps them to avoid dangerous teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

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Friday 09 June 2017

Dutch Youth Ambassador visits Marie Stopes Nepal

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Tuesday 26 September 2017

World Contraception Day 2017

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Friday 31 August 2018

New DFID funding will help millions of women

DFID announces major new funding for Marie Stopes International

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Tuesday 08 December 2015

We join the first Summit on Ending Child Marriage

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Thursday 02 March 2017

Government of Canada pledges $4m to Marie Stopes

Canada has pledged $4 million funding to Marie Stopes International during the She Decides International Conference in Brussels.

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Thursday 29 June 2017

UK Government to fund abortions for Northern Irish

Marie Stopes UK statement in response to news that the British Government will fund abortions for women travelling to England from Northern Ireland.

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Friday 25 September 2015

World Contraception Day 2015

As we prepare to mark World Contraception Day on 26 September 2015, we’re urging action to ensure young people know their contraceptive options.

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Friday 01 July 2016

Reconfirming our FP2020 pledge

Following the FP2020 Reference Group meeting this week, Marie Stopes International is today reconfirming its pledge to provide 12 million additional users with a long-term method of contraception.

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Wednesday 14 June 2017

MSI staff shortlisted for family planning award

A whole host of Marie Stopes International team members have been nominated for 2017's 120 under 40 family planning award.

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Thursday 07 June 2018

New Swedish funding helps over one million women

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Thursday 20 August 2015

MSI Senegal hosts African and European MPs

Marie Stopes International Senegal demonstrated its impact to a delegation of African and European Members of Parliament this week.

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Friday 03 March 2017

Governments step up for reproductive rights

Governments and philanthropists pledged €181 million for family planning at the She Decides conference, following the US administration’s decision to re-impose the Mexico City Policy.

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Monday 12 June 2017

MS Nigeria celebrates tasksharing advocacy win

Marie Stopes Nigeria has successfully advocated for all newly qualified community health workers to receive training to insert and remove contraceptive implants and IUDs.

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Tuesday 21 February 2017

She Decides: A glimmer of hope for women and girls

In response to Mexico City Policy the Dutch government launches She Decides, a global fund designed to minimise the loss of USAID funding on reproductive health initiatives in developing countries.

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Saturday 26 May 2018

Statement on the results of the Irish referendum

Marie Stopes UK statement on the results of the Irish referendum

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Monday 23 January 2017

Re-enactment of the Mexico City Policy

Marie Stopes International warns that women in developing countries will pay the price for the Mexico City Policy with thousands more maternal deaths every year.

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Wednesday 24 June 2015

Celebrating reaching our 100 millionth client

This year, somewhere in the world, we will reach our 100 millionth client. Every one of our 100 million clients has a different story. Women like Agathe Dao from Mali.

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Tuesday 13 November 2018

New flagship health programme

New flagship health programme to transform the lives of millions of women and girls and accelerate FP2020 progress

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Monday 10 July 2017

MSUK remove abortion fees for Northern Irish women

Marie Stopes UK has announced it will no longer charge Northern Irish women travelling to England for abortion, following a government commitment to fund their treatment through the Equalities Office.

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Thursday 19 October 2017

Comment: What our mission means to me

"The mission is one of those things one doesn’t appreciate the presence of, but would immediately and keenly feel the absence of."

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Friday 23 March 2018

New report from Guttmacher released

On 20th March 2018, Guttmacher Institute released a report that highlights the ongoing disparities in abortion rates and access to safe abortion services in developed and developing regions.

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Tuesday 23 January 2018

One year on: the effects of the Global Gag Rule

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Thursday 19 May 2016

Solutions to tackling unsafe abortion

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Wednesday 05 April 2017

Media statement on US withdrawing funding to UNFPA

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Friday 30 October 2015

Marie Stopes International at ICFP

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

MSI joins Financing for Development Conference

Key players in funding for development gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the third International Conference on Financing for Development.

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Tuesday 27 June 2017

MSI-US launches Blue Door Fund to reach new donors

MSI-US calls on donors to 'open the door' for women around the world, and support their Blue Door Fund. The Fund aims to help address the family planning funding gap created by the Mexico City Policy.

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Monday 31 October 2016

Marie Stopes International celebrates 40 years

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

Team members recognised as family planning leaders

Four Marie Stopes International team members have been recognised for their work championing family planning, in the 120 Under 40 awards.

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Thursday 12 November 2015

290m of poorest women using modern contraception

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Thursday 12 May 2016

MSI statement on Guttmacher / WHO study

The Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a new study comparing global abortion rates between 1990 and 2014.

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Thursday 27 September 2018

Marie Stopes Kenya tackles unsafe abortion

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Monday 20 February 2017

30 years of family planning in Malawi

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

UK Minister sees impact of family planning

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Thursday 06 August 2015

MSI expertise critical to ending maternal deaths

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Thursday 10 December 2015

MSI appoints new VP for International Operations

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Friday 15 December 2017

Nigeria releases 'watershed' task sharing report

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Monday 23 July 2018

Breakthrough could end virginity testing

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Friday 19 June 2015

Appointment of Megan Elliott

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Friday 19 January 2018

Trump’s Global Gag Rule one year on

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Tuesday 26 June 2018

MSI welcomes development partners to London

This month, Marie Stopes International held our annual development partners meeting in London.

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Friday 20 November 2015

UK Parliamentarians visit Sri Lanka clinic

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Tuesday 08 March 2016

What happens when women can't access contraception

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

Marie Stopes Ladies praised during visit to Niger

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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Marie Stopes International appoints new Chair

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Thursday 15 October 2015

90th anniversary of first family planning clinic

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Friday 25 September 2015

UK women able to self-inject contraceptive at home

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Monday 05 October 2015

Ratnapura clinic in Sri Lanka re-opens

The Marie Stopes programme in Sri Lanka has re-opened a clinic in the city of Ratnapura, two years after sustained attacks by religious groups forced it to close its doors.

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Monday 14 September 2015

Polish anti-abortion bill rejected

On Friday 11 September, a draft bill attempting to ban access to legal abortion in all cases was rejected by the Polish Parliament.

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

Pope to temporarily allow forgiveness for abortion

Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion" - if they repent with "a contrite heart".

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Thursday 24 September 2015

MSI comment on self-injectable contraceptive to UK

Drug company Pfizer has announced it will launch its Sayana Press self-injectable contraceptive for women in the UK to use at home.

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

New WHO guideline could reduce abortion death toll

On Wednesday 29 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some of its most ground-breaking guidance yet in the field of safe abortion.

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Friday 20 November 2015

COMMENT: What does it mean to tell a story?

In 2015, with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marie Stopes International-US worked with teams and clients to gather stories that would engage and inspire.

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Thursday 29 June 2017

New report shows first ever decrease in unmet need

Marie Stopes International says meeting global demand for contraception is possible as a new Guttmacher Institute report shows first ever decrease in unmet need, from 225 million women to 214 million.

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Monday 30 November 2015

MSI comments on Northern Ireland abortion law

The Belfast High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland's current abortion legislation is "incompatible with human rights".

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

MSI comment on Pope Francis statement on abortion

Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion", if they repent with "a contrite heart".

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Monday 29 February 2016

Scottish Secretary of State Visits Malawi Clinic

Scottish Secretary of State, David Mundell has commended the collaborative partnership between the Department for International Development (DFID) and Marie Stopes Malawi.

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Friday 21 July 2017

Announcement of structural changes

Marie Stopes International is making a number of structural changes that will help the organisation to reach more women with the contraceptive and safe abortion services they want and need.

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Tuesday 05 December 2017

Marie Stopes announces closure of Belfast clinic

Marie Stopes UK announces that it is closing its independent clinic in Belfast, following the UK Government’s move to fund abortion treatment for Northern Irish women.

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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Campaigners welcome government scheme for NI women

A government scheme to provide free abortion services in England for women travelling from Northern Ireland has been welcomed by pro-choice campaigners and Labour MP, Stella Creasy.

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Women take charge of their reproductive lives

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Tuesday 10 October 2017

Media statement: Ealing Council PSPO

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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Marie Stopes UK statement: CQC inspection report

Media statement about the Care Quality Commission inspection reports on Marie Stopes UK.

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Sunday 05 March 2017

Media statement: Daily Mail report of Marie Stopes

“We do not agree with the conclusions this journalist has reached, which give a seriously misleading view of how our services operate"

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Thursday 07 June 2018

Court dismisses bid to overturn abortion law

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Friday 20 October 2017

Daily Mail article statement

The article's key claim is categorically untrue and the the article also includes a number of further incorrect claims about Marie Stopes UK.

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