Training participants with CMSFHP and Marie Stopes PNG facilitators at the Rumginae Community Health Worker School in North Fly
The Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) has continued to roll out training and services on contraceptive implants in Western Province in partnership with Marie Stopes PNG.
CMSFHP’s Midwife, Rita John, who is leading the program’s delivery of family planning methods in CMCA areas and North Fly District, says their efforts are paying off.
CMSFHP and Marie Stopes PNG held a two week intensive training course on contraceptive implants and other family planning methods at the Rumginae Community Health Worker School in Rumginae recently.
“We have seen change in the way people approach and deal with family planning compared to some three years ago, and that is a sign that our partnership with various partners including Marie Stopes PNG is successful.” Ms John explained.
She added that more and more couples, young mothers and teenage girls are accepting family planning and are coming forward, especially for contraceptive implants.
Marie Stopes PNG’s Maria Ngumbo expressed her gratitude to CMSFHP and its implementer Abt Associates (formerly Abt JTA) for the program’s push to have contraceptive trainings undertaken.
“This is supposed to be a provincial approach but I thank Abt Associates and CMSFHP for taking the lead to making sure this very important training is done. So far we have done three trainings in Western Province and a total of 34 nurses have been trained in this area.” Ngumbo explained.
She said over 300 nurses have been trained around the country on the contraceptive implants and other family planning methods and Marie Stopes PNG will continue to train health workers.
“We have a duty to up skill our health workers with the latest knowledge and practices and we want them to share what they have learnt from us with their colleagues.” she added.
CMSFHP Program Manager, Kelly Kewa thanked Marie Stopes PNG and participants at the training for taking part.
“I want to thank Marie Stopes and all who have attended this training, as contraceptive implants is an important breakthrough for family planning and mothers and I think it will save a lot of lives too.” Mr Kewa said.
He explained that a major problem any family planning unit faces throughout a year is the availability of family planning contraceptive pills and injections like Depo Provera for example, and also the long distances women have to travel to receive family planning support in rural and remote areas in PNG.
“It is a major issue we face every year and the introduction of the contraceptive implants simply removes this issue for three to five years which is the life span of a single implant once it is administered. It is very good for mothers in remote areas as it will last for a long time.” Mr Kewa said.
“This new method is a major boost in family planning as it will contribute directly or indirectly towards reducing the worsening statistics around maternal mortality, prevention of unwanted pregnancies, and improved health status of women. It is great to note that the demand for it is high.” Mr Kewa explained.
Tabubil Hospital’s Betty Ukin represented the participants and thanked CMSFHP and Marie Stopes PNG for the training, which she said will make a difference in family planning.
“I think we have acquired skills and knowledge that only a few have acquired and we are privileged to do so as this training was very intensive and it will make a big difference in what we do.” Ms Ukin said.
The training saw 13 participants from North Fly District’s health facilities and is CMSFHP’s final training on contraceptive implants in 2016. There are plans to conduct more training sessions in 2017.
CMSFHP is funded and managed by the Ok Tedi Development Foundation and implemented by Abt Associates.