Marie Stopes offers free raining season family planning promotion


June 27, 2018

By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

Dr. Ufuoma Omo-Obi addressing journalist at their conference hall


In support of the New Direction Agenda, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL) has offered free conceptive promotion dubbed: ‘Rain Season Koba-Klos Promotion’, a programme aimed at reaching women and girls with access to quality, personalised and confidential services from 25th June to 28th July.

Addressing newsmen at their head office in Freetown, Country Director Dr. Ufuoma Omo-Obi said they have been providing sexual and reproductive health services to underserved women since 1986, adding that they are the largest specialised family plaining organisation in Sierra Leone.

He stated that MSSL provides full range of high quality affordable and client focused sexual and reproductive health services to women, men and young people.

The Country Director said that since 2007 they have been running the one month Long Acting and Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) and Cervical Cancer screening promotion per quarter, which he said was organised to create access to the poor, marginalised and vulnerable women across the country.

He explained that the rationale behind Rain Season Koba-Klos stems from the reality of the work MSSL does in the country. He said the raining season is a time when most people stay in-doors because of the rains and when they need to go out, do so and rush back under cover from the rains.

“When in the shelter of their homes, lots of cuddling and covering takes place to warmth from where all sorts of sexual activities do happen. Rain Season Koba-Klos, translated ‘Cover yourself and partner during the cold weather of the raining season,” he said.

He stated that covering depicts comfort but that it would lead to some consequences which could be unwanted pregnancies and exposure to sexually transmitted infections, but that such predicament could be averted by the services they provide via the LARCs and condoms among others.

“Rain Season Koba-Klos promotion is an exceptional unique opportunity for women, girls and couples to have the power to choose a contraceptive method of choice and screened for cervical cancer in one go,” Dr. Ufuoma Omo-Obi said.