Ladies Business in Papua New Guinea

Ladies Business in Papua New Guinea

Clare and Paul Woodington are based at Wewak, where Paul is one of our experienced Caravan pilots serving the communities in the northern part of mainland PNG

Recently, Clare, a trained nurse, had the opportunity to be part of a very special outreach programme to Anguganak:

'I went on an 8-day outreach to Anguganak with a group of Australian midwives spearheading the Anguganak Motherhood Project.

In the weeks leading to this outreach, I have made different sorts of safe birthing kits and mother & baby packs. I’ve done this for the Anguganak Motherhood Project and others over the last three years since we are based at Wewak.

For the Australian midwives, this was their third Anguganak visit, for me it was my first. They taught safe birthing practices and maternal and neonatal emergency procedures to over 150 Health Workers & Village Birth Attendants from over 100 different remote hamlets.

They distributed 200 safe birthing kits. 160 baby bundles were given to the hospital to distribute. The baby bundles are a pack of mother and baby items given as a gift to encourage women to birth in the hospital.

While at Anguganak, I also connected with the English-speaking Bible School’s sewing class and taught the women how to sew washable sanitary products.

At the high school, together with one of the midwives, I spoke to the grade 8-9 girls about their ‘sik mun’ (period), ladies business and hand hygiene. We then gave the girls a pack of washable sanitary products we had made.

I was invited on the outreach because the midwives wanted to connect with the whole community, not just health workers and Village Birth Attendants.

The team plans for us to return next year, but Paul and I will visit again in October this year, God willing, to encourage the community with whom I made some great connections. By then, I also plan to top up the hospital’s supplies of baby bundles and safe birthing packs which I will be making in Wewak after furlough.'

'The midwives taught safe birthing practices and neonatal emergency procedures to 150 Health Workers and Birth Attendants from 100 remote hamlets.They distributed 200 safe birthing kits and 160 baby bundles were given to the hospital.'