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Photo by Philippe Schneider
A nurse uses a doll to show where a patient was injured at the 9 Mile Clinic in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Doctors Without Borders treats survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trains local staff to provide integrated care. This is a simplified treatment protocol that includes: psychological first aid; prophylaxis for HIV and medicine for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs); emergency contraception; and vaccination to prevent Hepatitis B and tetanus—all in one session. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=6850&cat=field-news

Photo by Philippe Schneider

A nurse uses a doll to show where a patient was injured at the 9 Mile Clinic in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Doctors Without Borders treats survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trains local staff to provide integrated care. This is a simplified treatment protocol that includes: psychological first aid; prophylaxis for HIV and medicine for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs); emergency contraception; and vaccination to prevent Hepatitis B and tetanus—all in one session. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=6850&cat=field-news

I saw people injure each other with bush knives, I saw mothers beating their children, I saw limbs being cut off, I saw extreme emotional suffering, I saw people die. But I also experienced the warmth and love that the local people generously share every day, despite all the violence, paradoxically to it.
MSF in Tari provides medical and psychological help for persons who have survived rape. Rape is a crime that affects many aspects of human life; it is a medical emergency, it is a psychological trauma and it has deep consequences on both family and societal level.
Minja is a mental health officer working with MSF on psychological support for victims of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea. Please leave your questions and comments for Minja below her blog post.
The amount of violence and the triggers for it can feel absurd… A husband can chop his wife if she asks why he comes home late. A woman beat her husband with a stick after he asked her for money.
In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Minja finds family arguments commonly end in someone getting hurt. Please leave your questions and comments for Minja below her blog post.
Tari – a rural, little town in Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands has become my home for the next nine months. Here MSF runs an emergency surgical program and a Family Support Center, my work place, where survivors of domestic and sexual violence receive medical and psychological care. The level of domestic and sexual violence in PNG is epidemic. Official data is hard to obtain due to lack of research, but it is estimated that around 70% of all PNG women face physical abuse during their lives. Around half of PNG women are raped in their lifetime. The numbers are horrific, and the numerous individual fates feel overwhelming.
Meet Minja, our newest blogger, who is writing about her work on mental healthcare and psycho-social support in Papua New Guinea. Warning: Minja’s blog contains descriptions of violence you may find distressing. Please leave your comments and questions for Minja in the comments box below her blog post.
FINAL WEEK OF MSF.TV
October is coming to an end, and so is our live news channel of MSF behind the scenes work. Download this week’s TV Guide so you don’t miss out on the LAST WEEK of MSF.TV!
Highlights of the week:
Tuesday (10/23): Violence in Papua New Guinea
Wednesday (10/24): A Photographer’s Experience
Thursday (10/25): Mission in Somalia
Friday (10//26): Humanitarian Crisis of Today

FINAL WEEK OF MSF.TV

October is coming to an end, and so is our live news channel of MSF behind the scenes work. Download this week’s TV Guide so you don’t miss out on the LAST WEEK of MSF.TV!

Highlights of the week:

  • Tuesday (10/23): Violence in Papua New Guinea
  • Wednesday (10/24): A Photographer’s Experience
  • Thursday (10/25): Mission in Somalia
  • Friday (10//26): Humanitarian Crisis of Today
On this Mother’s Day, let’s remember that 1,000 women still tragically die every day in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications that are preventable with skilled clinicians, drugs and equipment. Maternal death is an ongoing crisis, but it is an avoidable crisis and it deserves our attention.
Kara Blackburn, from Brisbane, Australia, is a registered nurse/midwife who joined Doctors Without Borders in 2006. She has practiced midwifery for 14 years. In her current role as medical advisor for women’s health, based in Sydney, Blackburn supports a number of Doctors Without Borders women’s health projects globally.

Read the rest of her article from WomensENews.org

Papua New Guinea: Back to Bougainville

MSF is working again on Bougainville Island, east of mainland Papua New Guinea, after a 10-year absence. The comprehensive care project features a maternal health program and a specialized tuberculosis ward. Teams work along side the health authorities to help build the island’s local healthcare capacity.

Papua New Guinea: Return to Neglected Bougainville

After a 10-year absence, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has returned to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, a collection of islands off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea, to assist in delivering much-needed health care in the remote southern region of Buin. Since April 2011, a small MSF team has been working in Buin Health Center. Read more.

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Treating survivors of domestic and sexual violence in PNG - MSF Weekly Podcast

In Papua New Guinea, 70 percent of women say they’ve been physically abused by their husbands, and in some parts of the country that number reaches 100 percent, according to the PNG Law Reform Commission. When this kind of violence is so widespread, what kind of a difference can a small MSF project make?

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