Foundation funds training for health officers

The National,Wednesday June 29th, 2016

Oil Search Foundation recently funded the participation and training of 15 health officers from Gulf, Southern Highlands and Hela in essential obstetric care in Moro.
The training in Southern Highlands was facilitated by the PNG Reproductive Health Training Unit, which is a public-private partnership between the Health Department, the Australian government and the foundation.
Participants had the opportunity during the training to share their experiences of providing maternal and neonatal care in some of the country’s most isolated locations.
The training in Moro was focused on maternal health issues and in particular “the three delays” – a specific model in maternal mortality.
These are a delay in recognising that there is a problem and deciding to seek appropriate care; a delay in accessing a care facility; and a delay associated with receiving the right care at the right time from healthcare providers.
Usually, these delays contribute to maternal death and disability, and discussions centred on how to make changes to avoid those delays and improve maternal health outcomes.