BSP Supports the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program

Date: Tuesday 6th June, 2017

There is a high rate of serious preventable health conditions such as anaemia, malnutrition, malaria, and others among mothers and babies.

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This is according to preliminary analysis of research data collected by Burnet Institute's Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) Program.

More than 5,000 newborns die each year in PNG, and another 7,000 won't survive to their fifth birthday, yet two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented with basic but effective interventions.

HMHB is a five-year research program which will identify the main reasons why PNG has one of the highest maternal and newborn mortality rates in the world and identify and test ways to reduce this.

Bank South Pacific (BSP) has continued its support of Burnet Institute's HMHB Program with a sponsorship of K250,000 this year as part of a three-year contract.

Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said, "We acknowledge the continued support that BSP provides. The program is also aimed to promote training and development of local Papua New Guinean staff in the health sector by building their capacity and experience in maternal and child health."

BSP's General Manager - Retail, Paul Thornton said, "The bank recognises the significant health issues faced by many women in PNG. We acknowledge the work that Burnet Institute and its partners do in the community through the critically important Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program."

"We know that through this financial commitment, the Bank is able to contribute to positive change in the people and communities that we operate in," Mr Thornton added.

"This support to women and children is also in line with our 2017 Community Projects theme which is 'Empowering Women and Children'. The Bank is currently implementing in various communities through its respective Branches, Business Units and Subsidiaries, projects that will benefit women and children such as schools and health projects."