IPPF Capacity Building Project



November 2012 to May 2014


Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu


International Planned Parenthood Association

Key outcomes

In-country education programs were delivered to clinical and other staff and volunteers from IPPF Member Organisations in 8 Pacific countries. Most countries received four visits over two stages by educators from Australia. The model of delivery included in-class instruction and practice within small groups, observation of each person's skills in the workplace, and coaching and mentoring by distance and on site. Distance learning support was offered by email, phone, social media and e-newsletters.

Fifty-two nurses participated in the clinical training program and 111 people participated in the community education training.

There has been a demonstrated improvement in skills, knowledge and confidence as a result of the training.


"Before the training we had lots of unsatisfactory results for the Pap smears; after the training we have a good outcome result of the Pap smear, more on negatives then before, less unsatisfactory so really improving our skills of collecting Paps smear." Head nurse

"I am more confident about asking 'embarrassing, intimate' questions. I understand the importance in obtaining this information to provide better service. I tell the women that I will be asking these questions and that they are confidential." Clinic nurse

"There is increased interaction between me and the audience. I never used to give people a chance to ask questions." Volunteer


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