Alec Joseph Ekeroma


And that is where our biggest problem with pregnancy and intrapartum care lies in the Pacific – there is an outrageous underinvestment in training opportunities to increase the numbers of nurses, midwives and doctors. We simply do not have enough nurses, midwives and doctors to have engaging discussions on relationships and guaranteeing every woman in labour has a skilled health personnel practitioner. In 2011, it was estimated that 5000 newborns and 1500 women died in childbirth in PNG per annum and there were only 152 practicing midwives.5 Australian government investment in capacity building has seen 500 midwives trained in PNG in the last four years and a paper from the University of Technology Sydney team tasked with building capacity is published in this issue.