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Supporting SRHR in Papua New Guinea

Friday, January 29, 2016

International News

A new video is encouraging people in Papua New Guinea to start talking about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), in a step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


We teamed up with Safe Motherhood Alliance PNG to create the video to support Goal 3 and Goal 5 of the SDGs:

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

The video will be shared with a variety of audiences through social media as well as through meetings being held by Safe Motherhood Alliance with Parliamentarians, youth and NGOs in PNG. You can help spread the message by sharing the video on your Facebook page.

Papua New Guinea faces numerous SRHR challenges, including high maternal mortality and high unmet need for contraception. Providing universal access to quality SRHR services remains a significant problem due to the high rural population, mountainous terrain and limited infrastructure.

Our international programmes coordinator Eliza Raymond says as is the case in many countries, sexual and reproductive health and rights also remain a taboo subject for many people in PNG, which adds to the difficulties in addressing SRHR.

Improving SRHR is not only vital to reaching goals 3 and 5, but achieving all the SDGs - improved sexual and reproductive health and rights can have economic, environmental and social benefits.

Filming outside Parliament

 “We developed the video outline and filmed all the footage in just one day. It was a very memorable day as we ran around Port Moresby collecting all the footage and trying not to get blown away by the wind,” says Ms Raymond.

This video was made possible with funding from the Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals

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