SEXUAL and reproductive health will become an integral part of national development strategies to address maternal and infant mortality in the country.
That follows the signing of the Port Moresby Moana declaration by the Papua New Guinea Parliamentary Group for Population and Sustainable Development, (PNGPGPSD) chaired by Gazelle MP Malakai Tabar, during a workshop for Pacific parliamentarians last December.
Safe Motherhood Alliance programme development manager, Catherine Fokes said the signing of the declaration committed the PNGPGPSD to its pledge to advocate for making sexual and reproductive health part of national development, health plans and public budgets, providing access for all, without discrimination and to respond to all forms of violence against women and girls in sexual and reproductive health programmes and services.
“It is vital for sexual and reproductive health services to be delivered to all women, men, girls and boys,” she said.
“With the maternal mortality ratio at 733 per 100,000 live births in Papua New Guinea, the PNGPGPSD will have no problem in illustrating the necessity for widespread services and programmes.”
The workshop was to strengthen capacity of the PNGPGPSD members.
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