Papua New Guinea
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is the largest island in the Pacific. There are over 800 local languages and isolated communities living in one of the most predominantly rural populations in the world. Member s here carry out home visits to care for and hearten the sick, the bereaved and those who are too old to go out. Mothers’ Union Papua New Guinea also runs an adult literacy programme helping those who haven’t had the opportunity for education. They also provide HIV/AIDS counselling, family life and parenting courses and raise awareness of gender-based violence – a really big issue in PNG.
The health infrastructure within Papua New Guinea continues to deteriorate, resulting in a lack of access to good health services. In Apio Rong Diocese, Mothers’ Union members have received training and passed an exam qualification in order to reach out to people affected by tuberculosis (TB). They ensure communities are aware of TB symptoms and know when to seek treatment. Alongside this health education they ensure people know how to take steps to protect themselves and their families from contracting TB, and they are trained to delivery DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course – the WHO approved six-month treatment for TB) to patients, checking the medicine is taken correctly and helping patients stay committed to completing their treatment.
Members here are working together with the Church and the Government to share and provide services to people in communities, especially where resources are scarce.
Mothers' Union members: 21,000