By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba
The Reproductive Health and Family Planning Unit in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, in collaboration with UNFPA, has commenced a 10-day training of 20 service providers on the insertion and removal of Jadelle, also known as implant – a long-term contraceptive method that lasts for five years. The training is taking place in Moyamba District.
The aim of the training is to help reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity in the district. It also aims at reducing the rate of abortion, and teenage and unwanted pregnancy through the scaling up of family planning services in the district.
According to the National Family Planning Coordinator, Sister Hawah Daramy, they’ve targeted four health service providers from the Secondary Health Care and 16 from the Peripheral Health Units that are under the Primary Health Care Unit in the district.
She informed the participants that they are training them to ensure they get the required Knowledge and skills needed to insert and remove Jadelle successfully. The training, she went on, will help increase the number of people accessing family planning in the district as a whole.
“We want to reduce teenage and unwanted pregnancy, avoid abortion in women, help families to delay and time their birth, space child birth and end child bearing so that they can have children by choice and not by chance,” she explained. “Enabling women and girls delay their fertility and time their birth means better chances of higher educational attainment, increased employment opportunities and increased social and economic empowerment. Yet hundreds of our women and girls in their reproductive age are denied their basic right of delaying pregnancy, spacing their birth and ending child bearing.”
Sister Daramy encouraged the health service providers to take the training seriously and ensure that at the end of the exercise they put the skills gained into practice so that the objectives of the workshop will be achieved.
She emphasized that family planning is a crucial programme in not only achieving MDGs 4 and 5, but it is a human right credential which they should put their efforts together to achieve.
“Let us all empower women and girls and ensure that family planning commodities and services become a choice and a right,” Madam Daramy urged and commended UNFPA for their continuous technical and financial support to the reproductive health and family planning programme through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
In her statement, the Moyamba District Health Sister, Margaret J. Vincent, said they have family planning commodities at all PHUs in the district but that health workers in the area were not trained in the insertion and removal of Jadelle. She urged the participants to educate the people about the availability of the facility during their health talk and in other public forums.
Madam Vincent pointed at supportive supervision and reading of their reports as ways to monitor the participants as to whether they are making use of the service or not.