Originating from the small village of Tangu in Bogia District, Paul Taguti says that he wanted to be a teacher because there are not many educated people in his village.
After completing his primary and secondary levels of education in Madang, Paul earned a Diploma in Primary Teaching at Sacred Heart Teachers College in the nation’s capital, through an Australia Awards scholarship in 2022.
“Midwifery is an amazing profession,” says Dennie Mellie Dising. “Being with a mother at the time of agony with labour pain is so stressful, however it is joyful and amazing seeing and assisting a new life emerging into the world.”
Dennie worked in rural and remote health centres in East New Britain for 14 years before deciding to become a midwife. She started as a general nurse in Rabaul, then traversed remote locations like Raunsepna, Guma and Muarunga before settling at the Vunapope Sub Hospital.
Penny Kipalya’s desire to become a midwife awakened in the labour ward at Enga Catholic Health Service where she was working as a General Nurse. “I see mothers coming to the hospital to give birth with complications that may have been prevented with earlier and better treatment. I wanted to become a midwife so I could have the knowledge to help them,” she says.
Mecklyn, from Kompiam District in Enga Province, is an awardee of the Australia Awards PNG Scholarship. She obtained a Diploma in General Nursing through this scholarship program in 2021 and is now serving at the Kompiam District Hospital.
Even though midwifery is a female-dominated profession, Clinton Danny Saupere decided to become a midwife after seeing his sister-in-law’s untimely death following childbirth.
Clinton is an awardee of the Australia Awards PNG Scholarship and a native of Hauna Village in the East Sepik Province’s Ambunti Drekikier District.
Lois Namia, a midwife and Australia Awards alumna thinks the best approach to reducing the maternal mortality rate in Papua New Guinea is to train more midwives and conduct more health education on sexual reproductive health and family planning.