Papau New Guinea


Key medical figures:
• 34,700 outpatient consultations
• 3,600 individual and group mental
health consultations

Papau New Guinea

Domestic and sexual violence is a medical-humanitarian emergency in Papua New Guinea (PNG), with consequences at individual, family and national level.

There are very high levels of sexual, domestic, social and tribal violence throughout PN G, and yet care for victims remains inadequate and, in many places, nonexistent. A durable model for prevention or treatment has yet to be identified, and survivors need access to free, quality, confidential and integrated medical care.

In June, MSF handed its project treating people suffering from high levels of intimate partner violence and sexual violence back to Angau Memorial General Hospital in Lae, but continued to provide technical support. The MSF team at Tari hospital in the southern highlands performed 830 major surgicalprocedures this year, and also continued to run a family support centre where 1,231 consultations were conducted. March marked the launch of the Port Moresby Regional Treatment and Training project, where staff were trained to provide the integrated care available in Lae. Five essential services are covered during one appointment: emergency medical care for wounds, psychological first aid, preventative drugs for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, emergency contraception and vaccinations to prevent hepatitis B and tetanus. The aim of the project is to help more people experiencing  domestic and sexual violence to access the care they need through health centres and family support centres throughout the country.

Buin Health Centre
Access to healthcare in Buin district has improved significantly in recent years, and this combined with increased support from the provincial health services and AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development) means that MSF is starting to plan the closure of its project there. Teams carried out 3,894 antenatal consultations, 979 family planning consultations and assisted 870 births at the Buin Health Centre this year.

No. staff end 2013: 214 | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1992

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