December 10 th Appeal
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT ALICE WELLS
2011-2014 PRESIDENT’S DECEMBER 10th APPEAL
“Birthing in the Pacific”
The Country is Papua New Guinea
In resource poor countries, only 36% of births are attended by skilled health care worker. Less than 30% of women have a supervised delivery in a health facility. Increasing access to supervised deliveries and properly functioning health care facilities for women to deliver greatly reduces the risk of dying from complications.
Further educating birth attendants
Improving facilities to reduce maternal mortality
Our aim is to demonstrate that a tiered model of practical education programmes, support for birthing attendants, and improved access to delivering in facilities will contribute to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in Papua New Guinea.
This project will roll out four levels of training and support for nurses and midwives, community health workers and village birth attendants.
We will provide birthing packs, increase access to prenatal and reproductive health education and access to supervised deliveries in functioning health facilities.
As with all Soroptimist projects, we will work with the wider community to ensure everyone learns about reproductive health care and family planning.
The Independent State of Papua New Guinea is a country occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous off shore islands, located in the Southwestern Pacific ocean.
Soroptimist is an international volunteer service
organization for business and professional women
who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in
local communities and throughout the world.