Daily Digests: Postpartum Family Planning Global Meeting

From June 7-11, FP2020, in technical partnership with Jhpiego, hosted 175 participants from 20 countries to accelerate efforts on the implementation of postpartum family planning (PPFP).  Forty presenters from around the world discussed state-of-the-art technical knowledge and programming experience in PPFP. Interactive learning sessions, small working groups and country-specific action plans for PPFP were developed over the course of the week.

Catch up on the action with FP2020’s daily digests, which highlight key moments, fast facts and resources:

After battling women’s rights groups for years, India is finally rolling out injectable contraceptives

Indian women bear an unfair burden when it comes to reproductive health and contraception.

With the culture of shame that surrounds sex, and therefore sexual health, and the still-limited access to healthcare, women often struggle to make informed choices about contraceptives. So, while basic awareness has been on the rise, usage remains limited. Just around 39% of all Indian women use modern methods of contraception such as sterilisation, intra-uterine devices, and the pill, according to data from Family Planning 2020, a global organisation dedicated to reproductive health and contraception.

Among these, female sterilisation remains the more popular choice, accounting for over 75% of contraceptive use in India. The procedure is offered for free by government-run camps, but negligence and even gross human rights violations have often led to deadly results.

UNFPA Calls For Greater Access To Family Planning

The United Nations Population Fund has stressed the need for greater political and financial commitments to family planning in Liberia if the country is to make universal access to reproductive health and women’s empowerment a reality.

UNFPA Liberia Country Representative Dr. Oluremi Sogunro said access to family planning alone can reduce unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal deaths and disabilities, and help save the lives of women and their children.

“Access to family planning can also allow women to better space their births, which increases the mother’s chances of surviving childbirth,” Dr. Sogunro added.

Need stressed for family planning awareness

Pakistan is a country lagging behind its neighbours in successful family planning, population control and maternal mortality rate. It is said that by 2025, which is 8 years away, the population will increase to 227 million. That is a scary number considering that the country can barely function with the current population. It is the government’s responsibility to curb the massive increase in population.

The simplest solution will be to set up effective family planning centers, but even the simplest solution in Pakistan comes with its own obstacles. Family planning in Pakistan faces a lot of skepticism by the general public. The government would have to raise awareness for the benefits of family planning to dispel the skepticism. The best way to achieve this would be to present people with hard facts.

The government has set up family planning centers but unfortunately these are few in number as compared to the population that needs these services. Adding in the fact, that these family planning centers are government run, they operate at inconvenient hours and do little to help an average person.

BKKBN Needs to Improve Family Planning Efforts, Initiatives: Minister

Jakarta. After almost two decades of stagnation, the Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani urged the National Population and Family Planning Board, or BKKBN, to step up their game in promoting family planning initiatives.

BKKBN is in charge of running Indonesia’s family planning program and their main objective is to encourage Indonesian families to have only two children at most, in order to maintain financial stability.

“BKKBN should make a breakthrough. The program is not just about lowering the fertility rate, but also to support development of family health and welfare,” Puan said at the World Contraception Day 2016 event in Malang, East Java, in September.

Director Karen Hardee Featured on FP2020’s Family Planning Voices

Karen Hardee, Senior Associate and Project Director, The Evidence Project, Population Council

Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

We tend to think of community health workers as women going to meet women in the community. But having male and female community health workers, men are able to talk to husbands or partners, not just with the message of, “You need to support your wife or partner to use family planning,” but, “What’s your responsibility? Maybe you could use a method. What information do you need to be comfortable with family planning and maybe to use family planning yourself?” I think we’re beginning to see those types of experiences.

UNFPA launches family planning campaign in North Bank

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently launched a national family planning campaign at the North Bank Region settlement of Farafenni.

The campaign was launched at a three-day workshop, 24-26 November, attended by young people and women from across the region.

The campaign with the slogan ‘Family Planning: YES to CHOICE, NO to CHANCE’ specifically targets young men and women both in and out of schools in NBR.

No Funding For Family Planning Contraception After 2017

Government has failed to secure pledges to fund family planning contraception beyond 2017, as the international donor community has not yet committed to bankroll any financial assistance thereafter, an official has said.

Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), Manicaland provincial manager Dyson Masvingise said the sector is facing serious financial challenges to spearhead its Family Planning Gather, Analyse, Plan (FP, GAP) strategy running until 2020.

“There are no pledges to fund family planning beyond 2017, as donors in Zimbabwe only commit resources a few years in advance,” he said during a media briefing recently.

Effective use of contraceptives is key

Effective use of contraceptives may help prevent the rise in unintended pregnancies in SA.

Rising unintended pregnancies in South Africa emphasise the need for effective contraceptive use, particularly among the country’s adolescent population, a panel of experts said this week.

Approximately 40% of all pregnancies globally are unintended, a scenario the World Health Organisation (WHO) says occurs when a pregnancy is either mistimed or unwanted.

USAID/SHOPS Counts Gains Of Family Planning/Maternal Child Health Services In Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported program in Nigeria; Strengthening Health Outcomes Through Private Sectors (ShOPS) said it has improve the quality and sustainability of family planning and maternal and child health services in Nigeria through the private sector participation.

The Chief of party, SHOPS Nigeria, Mrs Ayodele Iroko, who disclosed this in Benin, Edo state, said with the training of over 140 health providers and reach out or 361 public health facilities in the Edo state alone and other five states, it has been able to strengthen the capacity and retraining of private health providers.

According to Ayodele, “The project conducted a large-scale census of private sector clinics, hospital, medical centers, and nursing homes across six states in Nigeria: Abia, Benue, Edo, Kaduna, Lagos and Nassarawa”.

Misconceptions About Family Planning Impeding Access in Margibi

KAKATA, Margibi – Health officials at three Margibi facilities are concerned that misconceptions about family planning services and traditional beliefs are impeding the access to the contraceptives and preventing women from receiving proper care.

At three major health facilities in Cinta Township, Kakata, and Gibi District in Margibi, interviews with officials revealed that many rural dwellers, especially women, have refused to access the service for many reasons.

Thomas Duncan, the officer in charge of the Tucker-ta Clinic, said many community members believe that the contraceptive implant causes cancer, gives users infections, or causes infertility among users who have not yet conceived.

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