THE government is committed to scaling up access to free, quality, confidential and integrated medical care through a network of family support centres.
Gender and men’s health technical adviser of the National Health Department Sebastian Robert said this during a family and sexual violence conference last Friday.
Robert said the government had committed to establishing family support centres (FSC) in all hospitals to ensure that survivors of family and sexual violence (FSV) would have greater access to services across the country.
National coordinator of the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee Ume Wainetti said this was the first conference where partners from different sectors were involved to address the issue of family and sexual violence
“We will try to look to resolve ways as to how best we can work together to address the issues FSV, especially when it comes to care and counselling for the survivors,” Wainetti said.
The two-day conference gave participants enough time to identify the urgent need for improved coordination between sectors responding to the PNG FSV crisis.
Conference participants formulated clear plans for collaboration at the national and provincial levels.
“The action plans that we have developed are a real step forward and an unprecedented recognition of the urgency of responding to this crisis,” Wainetti said
Conference participants came from Morobe, East Sepik, Hela, Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Western, NCD, East New Britain, West New Britain and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières PNG, Paul Brockmann, said rapid medical response could prevent life-threatening medical consequences.
“But survivors need a comprehensive response, with access to high quality social protection, and law and justice services,” Brockmann said.
“I am proud and excited of what we have accomplished and for the first time where all leaders from 11 provinces across the country are sitting down for two days talking about services to survivors.”