Although it has been slowly declining over the years, the maternal and infant mortality rates are still staggeringly high in rural parts of Papua New Guinea. Due to the lack of access, only 43% of all births in the country are attended by skilled personnel. That means that when complications occur, it is unlikely for women to have the access to medical care that they need. In Papua New Guinea, roughly
1 in every 110 women will die during childbirth.
For years, we have strived to be a point of access and hope for those in need of emergency medical care along the Sepik River. In addition to providing emergency life flights, Samaritan Aviation also partners with organizations like Living Child to provide midwifery training in remote areas of Papua New Guinea.