Condom Distribution

In our quest to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections, PSI promotes and sells (at subsidized prices) male condoms, branded Seif Raida and Seif Raida Orange Plus, and female condoms, branded Stap Seif. In 2014 PSI sold 202,064 Seif Raida, 165,308 Seif Raida Orange Plus and 2,182 Stap Seif.

The majority of sales come through big national chains such as City Pharmacy Ltd, SVS and Papindo.

In 2014, PSI focused on increasing the volume of distribution and also the quality of reach in order to ensure that condoms were available where and when people, especially people engaging in high-risk sexual activity, needed them by increasing our engagement to small businesses in so-called “hot spots” in Port Moresby, Goroka, Mt. Hagen, Lae and Rabaul/Kokopo. We saw an increase in hotspots coverage from 32% to 71%. Meaning, in 71% of the hot spots there is at least one outlet providing condoms. This is very important for the concentrated epidemic in PNG.

Most-at-Risk Populations Behavioural Change Communications

The National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) asked PSI to help create behaviour change communication strategy and materials for most-at-risk populations (female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgendered people) as well as people living with HIV/AIDs. There are several non-government organizations working with these groups but their budgets for communication materials are often limited. NACS wanted a comprehensive strategy and campaign that could be used by all implementing partners. Beginning in 2013 and continuing into 2014, PSI funded by Australian High Commission, facilitated a series of workshops and meetings to develop a Communication Strategy for NACS, which was officially approved in March 2014.

In further meetings with representatives of the groups, creative briefs were formulated, campaign ideas developed and concept-tested and the campaign; Laip blo yu em dia tumas (You’re worth it) was created, pre-tested and re­ned. The campaign is designed as an integrated behavioural change communication campaign consisting of brochures, calendars, posters, merchandise (drink coolers, coasters, lanyards and wristbands), interpersonal communication tools, radio, an SMS reminder for HIV positive patients to take their medications and an SMS risk quiz.

Marital Relationship Trainings

Marital Relationship Trainings, known locally as “Tokaut na Tokstret!” is a four-day training workshop where husbands and wives learn about gender and sex, gender roles, gender and culture, human rights, partner communication, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and using condoms. PSI trained couples in Port Moresby, Lae, and Tari in 2014. The training aims to achieve:

• A decrease in the number of episodes of domestic violence;

• A decrease in the proportion of people who have multiple, concurrent sexual partnerships; and

• An increase in the proportion of sexually active men who consistently use condoms with their non-cohabitating partners.

Survivor Identification and Referrals Program

The gender-based violence (GBV) Survivor Identification and Referrals training took place in August 2014 and trained clinicians in antenatal clinics (as pregnancy is a key risk factor for GBV) on the impact of GBV, survivor-centred skills, screening women, identifying those who are experiencing GBV and conducting referrals for survivors of GBV. Other partners, such as the police, counsellors and family support centre staff also attended to gain a better understanding of the referral pathway and the roles that each play in helping survivors. After the training, PSI staff conducted weekly supervision visits in Gordons and Kila Kila with those trained to check on screening skills and referrals. PSI also conducted group information sessions with women waiting for their antenantal care appointment about malaria, clean water and GBV to encourage an anonymous and safe space for women to come forward. Finally, PSI started a transport service for survivors who needed to get between referral points (i.e., from the police station to the hospital). The driver went through the above training and is always accompanied by a female SRH employee. PSI trained a total of 15 health care workers, police officers, and counsellors. We provided transport aid to 12 victims, referred 6 and conducted 12 supervisory visits.

Smart Economics

Smart Economics is a 3-day start-your-own-business training for GBV survivors. It aims to help GBV survivors learn basic business plans, how to save and eventually venture into bigger businesses. Our trainers conducted 15 trainings from December 2013 – September 2014 around Port Moresby for 341 survivors.