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Papua New Guinea’s young women ‘desperate for contraception’

May 14, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Papua New Guinea’s young women ‘desperate for contraception’

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Port Moresby: The pop-up clinic rigged under the palm trees of Port Moresby’s Joyce Bay looks to be a rudimentary concoction of blue tarpaulins and tired tent frames.

Half a dozen young women queue outside on plastic chairs in the shade, outnumbered by their children. Toddlers play at their feet on another tarp stretched over the dirt.

A couple of guards keep unobtrusive watch behind a banner declaring that the Marie Stopes PNG reproductive health outreach team is on site. While clinic visits are mostly enthusiastically received, tensions around sex, gender and power can never be taken lightly in the volatile settlements.

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