Managing an evolving project such as BIP has been challenging and difficult. However, the many achievements in turn have been rewarding.
The Project began with research into the situation of maternal health in PNG and current National Health Department strategies to reduce the high maternal mortality ratio. There was also a need through meetings with National and Provincial Health Departments to build our credibility and seek opportunities for partnerships with organisations that were undertaking midwifery education.
A major partnership was developed with the newly formed National Reproductive Health Training Unit (RHTU). Funds were presented to the RHTU to provide educational resources needed for their training courses for midwifery health clinicians teaching in universities and training schools, and those working in various positions in hospitals and health centres. Funds were also presented to RHTU to deliver training courses for specific qualifications.
Another partnership was developed through Professor Glen Mola, School of Medicine, University of PNG. Funds were presented for the Community Health Worker (CHW) Programme developed for courses in Maternal and New Born Health, and medical resources they would receive on graduation.
Partnerships have also been developed with the PNG Soroptimist Clubs. Funds were presented to the Clubs for their Village Birth Attendant Programmes and resources they received on completion of their programme.