Improving Reproductive Health in Papua New Guinea through Community-Led Efforts
With funding from the Swift Foundation, Pathfinder worked with local stakeholders and the National Department of Health to establish quality reproductive health facilities with access to community based and health promotion services.
Continuous knowledge exchange, awareness building, and sensitization activities took place over the final months of the project to increase contraceptive prevalence and safer sexual behavior. Pathfinder conducted sixty community sensitization workshops for chiefs, village elders, religious leaders, and other traditional and elected leaders. In the past six months, more than 6,300 family planning visits were conducted by trained staff.
Supported by Pathfinder International, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Packard Foundation, the Health of the People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin initiative, or HoPE-LVB, has employed the PHE model to address food insecurity, weak health infrastructure, environmental degradation, high maternal and infant mortality, and inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene.