Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea transforms the lives of women and girls through the provision of sexual and reproductive health services. Our work supports women, girls and men to make informed decisions about their reproductive health, including if and when they have children. As part of the Marie Stopes International global partnership, we adhere to the rigorous quality and standards created by our parent organisation after more than 40 years of working in the industry. With some of the highest fertility rates in the Asia-Pacific region, Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea is working to increase contraceptive prevalence, and reduce unintended pregnancies and prevent maternal mortality in the region. As a social business, we have a fee-for service model in our clinics, but also subsidise clients who cannot afford to pay, and provide free services for the most marginalised. Our preference is to never turn a client away.
Contraception can be transformational and at the most basic level contributes to the achievement of sexual and reproductive health rights, women’s rights and gender equality. The broader benefits are undeniable. Contraceptive education, information and services for women and girls in developing countries can have significant health, societal and economic benefits for individuals, families, communities and countries. If a woman can access contraception she can make decisions about her future, help support her family and contribute to her community. If a girl has access to contraception, she may choose to stay in school, pursue higher education and be more likely to participate in the formal economy. Working closely with the National Department of Health, Marie Stopes PNG aims to increase contraceptive prevalence and decrease maternal mortality in Papua New Guinea.
110, 000 clients used Marie Stopes contraception across the country in 2018.
A strong focus in all our work is making our services accessible to young people, 18% of the people we reached in the country in 2018 were under 25.
Our maritime outreach team reaches remote communities living on the Milne Bay islands and along the mainland coastline, delivering life-changing contraception.