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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON MATERNAL HEALTH AND FAMILY PLANNING in PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Different estimates and modelling scenarios

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COVID-19 threatens to become one of the most challenging tests faced by humanity in modern history. COVID-19 has the potential to take lives, overwhelm health systems, and trigger lasting geopolitical change. The implications of COVID-19 can go far beyond the strain posed on ICUs and Infectious Disease Control departments. In countries around Asia and the Pacific, health systems are likely to be challenged to balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while simultaneously engaging in strategic planning and coordinated action to maintain essential health service delivery, mitigating the risk of system collapse. Many countries are currently implementing transmission control measures like lockdowns and travel bans. The consequent disruption of services on already overstretched health systems and the diversion of resources from essential sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are expected to increase the risk of maternal and child morbidity and mortality, as shown in past humanitarian crises.

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The State of the World's Midwifery 2021 - Key Facts

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

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COVID-19: How can we protect women and girls from gender-based violence?

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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: 6th Country Programme 2018 - 2022

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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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TAKE ACTION: Zero Unmet need for Family Planning

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

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Take Action: Young People’s health and wellbeing

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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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Mortality impact of achieving WHO cervical cancer elimination targets

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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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Take Action: End Maternal Mortality

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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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New study reveals investing in midwives could save millions of lives

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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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Keeping the Faith: Christian perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

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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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