The UNFPA Papua New Guinea Country Programme addresses the below priority areas, of which young people are at the centre of all of our work.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

We are strengthening government and civil society organisations to deliver sexual and reproductive health services to the people of Papua New Guinea. This includes upskilling community health workers to provide birth attendance, strengthening and expanding the midwifery curriculum to increase the number of midwives across the country, strengthening the supply chain and access to contraceptives and protection for those who want/need it. 

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

We are supporting national capacity to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and harmful practices. Our work is primarily delivered through the Spotlight Programme, where UNFPA’s focus is on sexual violence and also working with male advocates to end violence against women.

Population Dynamics

We are building the capacity of national institutions to collect, analyse and utilise high-quality data. This includes census. A population and housing census is among the most complex exercises a nation can undertake and it requires careful planning, resourcing and implementation – from mapping an entire country, mobilizing and training large numbers of enumerators, and conducting major public awareness campaigns, to canvassing all households, carefully monitoring census activities, and analysing, disseminating and using the resulting data. This is why we are ready to support the Government's important Population and Housing Census will be conducted in July 2021.