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Aren’t they all gorgeous! Wonderful Losuia Health Centre Midwife Bokowau (In white shirt 4th from right) recieving delivery of Birth Registration Booklets, soaps and Birthing Kits from our CFK VBA’s. We are currently purchasing 150 PPE masks to protect these hard working carers as well as sening 2,000 more soaps and 100 education Posters. We need to purchase more…

Thank you Melcah Bwaina for helping distribute these items around the Island and these great photos.

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who make all this possible 🙂 #Health&Hygiene, #COVID19, #Kiriwina, #Losuia, #PNG, #BirthingKits, #BirthingTraining#FriendshipGrants.

Luckily the 50 Health Guides ‘Where Women have No Doctors’ CFK sent to Kiriwina to be distributed to the Village Birth Attendants arrived just before the borders were closed.

Florence Silupaya (Mulosaida Village VBA) holding the book.
Sapaira Jacob (Mulosaida Village VBA) at the background
Our x 50 “Where Women Have No Doctor” Hesperian Health Care Manual Arrived
just as the borders closed.

Caring for Kiriwina is honoring the dedication and courage of nurses, midwives and Village Birth Attendants during this crisis. We need to advocate for the working conditions that allow them to provide quality health care, and to do so safely. Sufficient personal protective equipment – masks, gloves, gowns, etc. – as well as adequate staffing levels and equipment are needed. Nurses and VBA’s are the backbone of our health systems and it’s way past time their working conditions recognized that.

CFK is happy to provide protective items, we have the means but not the funding to do so:( 

Midwives and VBA’s have been caring for mothers and babies since the beginning of time. The increase in and wisdom of home births during this pandemic highlight their central role in supporting maternal and child health.

As we gratefully acknowledge nurses, midwives and VBA’s for their work during this COVID-19 pandemic, we should make our thanks concrete by supporting the systemic social changes that will enable them to improve health for all during and after this crisis.

Thank you Hesperian for these words (CFK have added VBA’s)

Please donate to our COVID-19 reponse CLICK HERE

Welcome to our new Baby of the Week Section

Each week I will upload a photo of one of our beautiful babies birthed by our fabulous Village Birth Attendants… something to make you smile.

The photos are of the new born babies delivered by Kavataria VBA’s. Photos taken by Melcah Bwaina on her recent visit for CFK to meet with our representatives and on Island and receive updates. All permissions have been received.

Hello baby girl Milan Noah. She is one month and a week old.

Just gorgeous!

Thank you for your wonderful legacy.

Margaret would have wanted all of us to remember that:

“While men seem to be slightly more at risk for life-threatening infections by COVID-19, women’s health is being doubly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Responses to the global crisis are consistently failing to prioritize the needs of women seeking reproductive care and freedom from violence. Many governments and health systems are all too comfortable using the challenge of the pandemic as an excuse to deny women’s rights to control their bodies and life choices. If anything, defending women’s health and rights is even more important during this time of crisis.”

Thanks Hesperian for these inspirational words.

Please donate CLICK HERE and defend women’s rights and continue to support us in our important work.

Margaret Lawton photographed with Jenny and Dave Lawton on Kiriwina in the mid 1960’s.