The campaign is called ‘DATA TUR BAT VUE’ in Kuanua, the main language in Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea focuses on the challenges faced by women and girls in Sexual and Reproductive Health services.
The launching of the campaign was joined by over 300 participants with the presence of Hon. Jelta Wong, Minister for Health and Member for Gazelle District, Nellie McLay, President of Family Health Association (FHA) in Papua New Guinea, Provincial Dignitaries, UNFPA, Representatives of Youth Groups and Women’s Groups from churches, school youths, teachers and other partners. Out of school youth and the general public were also in attendance.
Primrose Famane, a 23-year-old Youth Nurse and Youth Center Officer highlighted on the evidence showing many young pregnant girls face violence from their male partners when they inform them of their visits to the facilities. She called for more capacity building on peer education on SRH and GBV to effectively combat the challenge.
Communities were also encouraged to use the FHA Clinic and the Youth Center; which were established with the support of EU-UN Spotlight Initiative last year.
Awareness raising programs were also held in the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Family Planning, HIV & AIDS, Maternal Health, and issues related to SRH.