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Gov’t Urged to Lift Barriers Preventing Women from Accessing Contraception

 September 27, 2017 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma & Joseph S. Margai

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The Integrated Marketing Director of Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL), Kunle Dehinsilu, has urged government of Sierra Leone, through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, to lift  barriers preventing many women and girls from accessing contraception and empower them with the information they need to choose the contraceptive method that is right for them

Mr. Dehinsilu, who was speaking yesterday to the press at the MSSL conference room in Freetown, during the commemoration of the World Contraception Day (WCD) on the theme: “making every pregnancy a cause for celebration”, said it is only by making family planning compulsory that “we can avert the danger posed by unwanted pregnancies.

“Promotion of family planning and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couple is essential to securing the well -being and autonomy of women including supporting the health and development of communities,” he said.

He said the WCD, which was launched in 2007, aimed to raise awareness about the importance and availability of a full range of contraception, especially for young people, adding that the annual worldwide campaign centres around a vision where every pregnancy is wanted.

According to him, it would enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health because family planning saves life.

“While every pregnancy should be a joyful occasion, this is not yet the case. Up to one-third of maternal deaths could be prevented if all women had access to family planning, and child deaths would be 2.2 times fewer for couples who safely space births,” he said.

“Today Tuesday September 26, 2017, we are commemorating the 10th anniversary of World contraceptive Day Marie Stopes joins members of the world to celebrate this great day,” he noted.

The director urged all concerned to come onboard and rise above “our narrow precincts of superstition and religion and to make family planning a success.

“Posterity will never forgive us if we do not measure up to this task,” director Dehinsilu stated.

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