9 Oct 2012

High PNG demand for new long-term contraceptive

6:51 pm on 9 October 2012

A sexual health organisation in Papua New Guinea says there is high demand for a new contraceptive that has been trialled over the past year.

Marie Stopes International is distributing a contraceptive implant, called Sino.

The implant is inserted under the skin of a woman's arm and is effective for four years.

The organisation's country director, Belinda Bowling, says they are delivering the service in 10 provinces, and have done about 2,000 in the past couple of months.

"We've had tremendous demand for it. Papua New Guinea has a very very high maternal mortality rate, it's actually the second highest in the whole Asia-Pacific region, the highest being Afghanistan. So those figures are shocking, and there's been a lot of political support now to try to bring that figure down, and one of the cheapest and efficient ways of doing that is by using family planning."

The country director of Maries Stopes International in PNG, Belinda Bowling.