Indigenous women's perceptions on community based family planning in rural Morobe of Papua New Guinea
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According to WHO and World Bank reports Papua New Guinea had high maternal mortality and fertility rate in the last ten years. PNG has more than 800 languages, ethnic groups and cultures that health policy developers need to be aware of when developing maternal health policies. Culture and traditions may be obstacles to poor accessibility to modern family planning services. In order to address these issues of increased maternal mortality and fertility rate family planning programme need to be culturally sensitive. Not all cultural practices are detrimental to women’s reproductive health. Indigenous women have cultural practices that enable women survived through child birth experiences and family planning in order to regenerate human race. Having these significant cultural roles women’s health in reproduction and child rearing is important. However, women’s perceptions on how family planning will promote women’s health were not considered when introducing family planning services in PNG.