“I continue to be a community health volunteer because in my community people were dying. They didn’t know about diseases like TB and leprosy so they blamed it on sorcery because they didn’t know what caused the deaths.
There’s a big issue here of young women getting married and having children as they don’t have any access to health care for themselves or their children unless they go into town. If they are far away from the town most of them just stay home.
Some are ashamed or scared to go to the hospital so they don’t even go to the hospitals.”
Plan International’s health team in Bougainville is working tirelessly to plug this gap, supporting communities – like those living in South Nasioi - by offering outreach health services to the community. For many young women in these villages, it’s the first time that they’ve ever received information on maternal and sexual reproductive and health care.