Friends Frangipani Papua New Guinea

"Friends Frangipani was pleased to be included in the national workshop on HIV and sexual and reproductive health integration. It gave us a change to talk directly with national partners like the National AIDS Council, the National Department of Health and the UN agencies. So far the discussions have not led to any direct support for FF and this has made our work with our sisters and brothers really difficult. We are in a good position to reach the local networks and help them reach populations, but so far we do not seem to be valued to take on that role. That's really frustrating given the commitment we have and the skills we have developed over the last few years. We look forward to being asked to play a genuine role in helping improve the health and wellbeing of sex workers across PNG." Cathy Ketepa, Program Manager, Friends Frangipani (National Sex Worker Network of PNG)