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Building a health workforce to meet the needs of women, newborns and adolescents everywhere.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the risk of violence against women and girls. Movement restrictions including curfews, quarantines and reduced public transport confine people to a limited shared space which adds stress on relationships inside the home. This, combined with anxieties related to the health and economic consequences of COVID-19 are associated with increases in intimate partner violence against women and girls. Movement restrictions limit a survivor's ability to escape and seek support, which entrenches perpetrator impunity.

We must ensure all gender-based survivors can access services at all times, including during pandemics and emergencies.

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UNFPA in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will focus on a measurable reduction in preventable maternal deaths through increased access to sexual and reproductive health services particularly for women, adolescents and youth.

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Investing in voluntary family planning is one of the smartest decisions that governments can take.

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Well-being education programmes build the resilience of children, adolescents and young people, empowering them to relate to others with respect, to make and carry out responsible decisions, and to deal effectively with change and challenge. These programmes are called “life skills” because they are important to learning outcomes, well-being, future employability and healthy adult relationships.

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WHO is developing a global strategy towards eliminating cervical cancer as a public health problem, which proposes an elimination threshold of four cases per 100,000 women and includes 2030 triple-intervention coverage targets for scale-up of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to 90%, twice-lifetime cervical screening to 70%, and treatment of pre-invasive lesions and invasive cancer to 90%. We assessed the impact of achieving the 90–70–90 triple- intervention targets on cervical cancer mortality and deaths averted over the next century. This study assessed the potential for the elimination initiative to support target 3.4 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a one-third reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2030.

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Ending preventable maternal mortality is an unfinished agenda. While maternal deaths decreased by 35% worldwide since 2000, around 79,000 women still die every year from largely preventable causes in Asia-Pacific alone.

In recent years, Papua New Guinea has been struggling to improve reproductive and maternal health for women. Latest data available paint a complex picture, where limited progress has been achieved in the past decade. Despite an increased availability of midwives, the country lags behind on indicators such as antenatal care, deliveries in health facilities and family planning, while the number of skilled birth attendants seems to have decreased in recent years. In addition to the poor availability and quality of key health services, estimated high levels of out-of-pocket expenditures for health appear to be further contributing to a decrease in health service utilization.

Maternal health is a top priority for the Government of Papua New Guinea and this is evidenced in the Government’s National Health Plan 2011-2020. This brief details a ‘Roadmap’ with key activities to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and morbidities in the country.

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This new study published in the Lancet Global Health, documents the potential impact of midwives in preventing and reducing maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirths. Led by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives and the World Health Organization, the study shows that midwives who are educated and regulated to global standards play a vital role in reducing mortality.

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Sexual and reproductive health matters can generate strong feelings that can provoke disagreements. But, what unites people are common positions on basic human needs, aspirations and values of human dignity. This brief helps us understand Christian perspectives on sexual & reproductive health. It has been compiled by religious leaders, theologians and human rights experts.

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The magnitude of gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea is of epidemic proportions and continues to be a major human rights violation.

The problem is exacerbated by cultural and traditional practices and beliefs that have been misinterpreted to discriminate against and violate the rights of women and and adolescent girls in society. There is also a culture of silence and acceptance around gender-based violence.

It is largely men and boys who perpetrate violence against women and adolescent girls and they have a critical and important role to play in the ending violence. Read more to find out how.

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