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PNG leads way on vastectomy

In Papua New Guinea, men are typically the primary decision makers, for both themselves and their families, especially when it comes to healthcare. This means that healthcare providers face particular cultural challenges in delivering family planning services.

Many men disapprove of their wives using contraception and are often unwilling to use family planning themselves.

However, our team members in Papua New Guinea understand these cultural barriers and have developed a program that educates and counsel men in the context of traditionally mail issues such as land, education costs and tribal fighting. We have also recruitment more male nurses to be able to deliver more vasectomy services.

As a result, the demand for and voluntary uptake of vasectomy in Papua New Guinea has skyrocketed in recent years. Between 2009 and 2013, we have recorded a 5,911 percent increase in the numbers of vasectomies performed – from 17 in 2009 to 1005 in 2013.

Many of our satisfied male clients have themselves become advocates for family planning, encouraging contraceptive use amongst their family and friends.

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