Personal Stories

Saving women's and children's lives is at the heart of our work.

The impact of maternal deaths in Papua New Guinea is felt by many. Our researcher, Professor Caroline Homer AO shares her story.

“With the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies laboratory at the moment we can only test for STIs. If we had more money we would be able to train more lab technicians to do a greater range of tests which will help mothers and babies. That would be a bonus not only for East New Britain but all PNG.” - Pele Melepia, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Team Leader

Tragically, more than 1500 mothers and 5000 newborns die each year in PNG, many from preventable causes. Hear from these mums and local midwives about how Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies will make a lasting impact on the survival rates in remote East New Britain.

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Professor James Beeson

MBBS, BMedSc, PhD, FAFPHM, FAAHMS | Deputy Director (People); Head of Malaria Immunity and Vaccines Laboratory; Adjunct Professor Monash University