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MARIE STOPES PROVIDING FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES THROUGH THE FESTIVE PERIOD

Marie Stopes PNG will continue providing access to its services even throughout this upcoming festive period.

The most common services accessed by women and young girls during the festive season and right after the festive season at the Marie Stopes PNG Clinic centers are Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) treatment and pregnancy testing.

This is according to Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Phylma Timea.

“This means that a lot of women and young girls tend to have unprotected sex during those times.”

“We do not have a precise figure in terms of the number of girls and women that go to our centers but we see a large influx of them coming in for STI treatments.”

Ms Timea said Marie Stopes PNG strives to provide affordable and safe family planning and sexual reproductive health services in over 14 provinces here in Papua New Guinea where both male and female can access their services.

“There is no particular age demography that accesses the pregnancy tests and STI treatments, ages range from adult women to young girls in their late teens.

Meanwhile, Marie Stopes PNG has 4 different service delivery channels.

These channels of service delivery are designed to reach women and couples that need their services the most.

Channel 1 - Drop in Centers in urban areas where services are provided at a minimal price.

Channel 2 - Outreach, this is where the team from Marie Stopes PNG visits unreachable communities

without proper access to family planning.

Channel 3 – In Post Natal wards, mothers can have access to family planning methods before being

discharged from the Post Natal Wards.

Channel 4 - National Family Training program for health workers on how to provide implants and IUDs to

their local communities.

Last year alone, Marie Stopes PNG provided services to 133, 000 people who used Marie Stopes International contraceptives and 61, 000 unplanned pregnancies were prevented.

By Tasminnie ISIMELI
November 26, 2020