|Technical Support Activities
In a three-week mission to Papua
New Guinea, on 30 January to 22 February, Ms. Susan Aradeon, CST Adviser on Population
Advocacy and Information, Education and Communication, provided technical advice to
national counterparts managing component projects in the Reproductive Health
sub-programme. During the period, she held intensive consultations with coordinators of
the "Role Models", "Tok Stret", and "Population Education"
component projects, shuttling between the Departments of Health, Education, Planning,
various NGOs and the UNFPA Field Office. The highlight of her mission was participation in
an "Advocacy and IEC Strategy Development" Workshop, as a resource person, to
develop a reproductive health IEC strategy, as the basis for a national advocacy strategy.
Dr. Praema Raghavan-Gilbert, Adviser on Reproductive Health
and Gender, visited Papua New Guinea on 19-23 April to provide technical backstopping to
the UNFPA Field Office and national project counterparts in discussions at Project Review
Meetings of the relevant Reproductive Health sub-programme components and to conduct two
seminars. The first technical seminar, "An Update on Intra-Uterine Devices", was
attended by 11 medical doctors, 4 nurses and 3 programme management staff; it was
organized by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Papua New Guinea,
in collaboration with the National Department of Health. The adviser facilitated a 1-day
workshop organized by the National Council of Women for 47 selected officials of its
network. The objective of the workshop was to provide adequate information and knowledge
to the NCW members on safe motherhood, family planning and contraceptives, gender issues
in reproductive health and male involvement to enable them to be effective advocates at
the grassroots level.
Ms. Susan Aradeon, CST Adviser on
Population Advocacy and IEC, was in Cook Islands during 9-17 April for a familiarization
and fact-finding visit, and to assist the Ministry of Health and various government and
NGO project partners in developing a reproductive health advocacy and IEC strategy and
plan of action. She also helped to review various IEC materials, both print and
audio-visual, currently in use or being considered for reuse. Regular consultations were
held throughout the mission with Dr. Teariki Tamarua, the Secretary of Health, and Sister
Ngavaevae Teokotai, Reproductive Health Project Coordinator.
(L-R) Ms. Fifita Talagi, Director of
Administrative Services, Mr. William House, CST Adviser, Mr. Richard Duncan, Policy
Adviser, Ms. Gloria Talagi, Head of Planning in a policy planning meeting
my last mission to Niue in mid-1994, the countrys population had fallen from about
2,300 to an estimated 1,700, due to the continued out-migration of Niueans to New
Zealand". On his recent mission, on 9-19 June, Mr. William House, CST Adviser on
Population Policies and Development Strategies, was requested by the Government to assess
the population and development situation, examine existing re-population strategies, and
to put some practical ideas together for Niue.
From June to September, a series of in-country
project review meetings and technical assistance missions will be mounted by the UNFPA
Representative, Sub-Regional Office, with the joint participation of CST Advisers. These
missions, to Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands,
Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, will be reported in the next issue of Southpac News.
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