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Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea
Sect 53, Lot 16, Ume Street
P O Box 972
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.

Our impact in Papua New Guinea

Tuesday 08 December 2015

We join the first Summit on Ending Child Marriage

The First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa took place on 26-27 November, hosted by the Zambian Government in Lusaka.

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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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Tuesday 22 September 2015

Afghan MPs discuss sexual and reproductive health

Marie Stopes International co-ordinated a visit to Sweden and Finland from an Afghanistan parliamentary delegation.

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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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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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6 days ago

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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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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Thursday 19 May 2016

Solutions to tackling unsafe abortion

Over 150 people came together at Women Deliver 2016 to hear an expert panel share their practical experiences and solutions from their work tackling unsafe abortion.

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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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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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Friday 30 October 2015

Marie Stopes International at ICFP

Marie Stopes International will be taking part in the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Indonesia, 9-12 November 2015.

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Monday 31 October 2016

Marie Stopes International celebrates 40 years

This week, Marie Stopes International marks 40 Years of providing women all over the world with the services they need to have children by choice, not chance.

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Thursday 12 November 2015

290m of poorest women using modern contraception

A new report by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released Thursday 12th November shows an unprecedented number of the world's poorest women and girls - 290.6 million.

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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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Monday 20 February 2017

30 years of family planning in Malawi

2017 marks 30 years since Marie Stopes International started its programme in Malawi - Banja La Mtsogolo - providing services to refugees fleeing the armed conflict in neighbouring Mozambique.

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Thursday 10 December 2015

MSI appoints new VP for International Operations

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Marjorie Newman Williams to the organisation’s Executive Team.

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Thursday 06 August 2015

MSI expertise critical to ending maternal deaths

In West Africa the number of women using a modern contraceptive method can be as low as one in 10, the average number of children is five and maternal and infant mortality rates are amongst the worst.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

UK Minister sees impact of family planning

Last week, our team in Malawi welcomed the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps, to a Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM) centre in Lilongwe.

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Friday 19 June 2015

Appointment of Megan Elliott

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Megan Elliott as Vice President, Strategy and Development.

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Friday 20 November 2015

UK Parliamentarians visit Sri Lanka clinic

This month the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Population, Development and Reproductive Health visited our programme in Sri Lanka, Population Services Lanka (PSL).

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Tuesday 08 March 2016

What happens when women can't access contraception

Today (Tuesday 8th March) is International Women’s Day - an annual event that celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness of the barriers to gender equality.

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

Marie Stopes Ladies praised during visit to Niger

At the end of April 2015, our programmes in Senegal and Niger hosted visits from donors and other key stakeholders of the Ouagadougou Partnership.

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Thursday 15 October 2015

90th anniversary of first family planning clinic

We're celebrating the 90th anniversary of Marie Stopes House - Marie Stopes’ first clinic in central London and one of the first ever family planning services in Europe.

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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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Friday 25 September 2015

UK women able to self-inject contraceptive at home

Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.

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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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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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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

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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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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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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