Family planning – Hilpers http://hilpers.org/ Thu, 19 May 2022 21:04:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://hilpers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Family planning – Hilpers http://hilpers.org/ 32 32 $11.2 Million Investment for Illinois Family Planning Services https://hilpers.org/11-2-million-investment-for-illinois-family-planning-services/ Mon, 16 May 2022 22:58:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/11-2-million-investment-for-illinois-family-planning-services/ SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) — The Pritzker administration on Monday afternoon celebrated $11.2 million in grants for family planning services in low-income communities in Illinois. State leaders say this will support access to Title X services that were restricted under the Trump administration. Title X allows people to receive affordable birth control and reproductive health care services, […]]]>

SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) — The Pritzker administration on Monday afternoon celebrated $11.2 million in grants for family planning services in low-income communities in Illinois. State leaders say this will support access to Title X services that were restricted under the Trump administration.

Title X allows people to receive affordable birth control and reproductive health care services, regardless of income or health insurance. President Joe Biden overturned a federal gag rule that prevented family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.

Illinois received $5.4 million from the US Department of Health and Human Services to expand access to affordable family planning services for the uninsured. State lawmakers have already earmarked an additional $5.8 million in the fiscal year 2023 budget to support the 29 agencies that run 98 family planning clinics in Illinois.

These providers enable patients to receive HIV testing, treatment for breast and cervical cancer, and reproductive health care. Governor JB Pritzker said the announcement was critical, especially since the U.S. Senate failed to pass a plan to codify Roe v. Wade last week.

“Let this record investment remind women that the State of Illinois trusts you to make your own decisions — to choose the contraceptives that are right for you, to choose whether or not to parent and when,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker pointed out that these clinics provide the basics of health care for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. Illinois Family Planning Clinics have helped more than 150,000 patients in recent years.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says people with low incomes and those who may be underinsured should always have access to the high-quality, affordable health care services they need. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arti Barnes said the family planning program provides culturally appropriate and responsive services that are critical to the health and safety of tens of thousands of people across the state. She noted that about 80% of those served were below the federal poverty level.

“IFPP offers a range of contraceptive options with an emphasis on client-centered decision-making that best fits their reproductive life plan,” Barnes said. “The program offers preconception counseling, infertility education, referrals, physical exams, health screenings, blood pressure checks, weight checks, pap smears and, of course, pregnancy tests and options as well as tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections.

Barnes said the Trump administration’s gag rule restricted IDPH and the network of family planning clinics to maintain services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. She noted that Illinois was only able to do the job because of the support of Pritzker and members of the General Assembly.

“We understand that the self-determination and bodily autonomy of women and individuals assigned to a woman at birth is a fundamental human right,” said Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago).

Pritzker said he could not guarantee funding for the program would be secure if a Republican became governor or president. Whether Democrats or Republicans, Pritzker argues that leaders should be pro-choice and believe in family planning.

“They must believe in providing health care for women and meeting the needs of women in our state and our country,” Pritzker said.

Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton stood with Pritzker and other advocates while wearing a pin that read “keep abortion legal.” Stratton noted that the right to choose is about the freedom to live healthily and well. She also believes that it is about empowerment passed down from generation to generation. Stratton said every generation dreams of a brighter future for the girls to come.

“So what do I say to my daughters who risk losing the rights I had? I tell them we’re not going back,” Stratton said. “We are moving forward, and today we take a major step in that journey by restoring millions of dollars in funding for Title X.”

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Here’s why oral PrEP in family planning services for young women in Kenya has had dismal results https://hilpers.org/heres-why-oral-prep-in-family-planning-services-for-young-women-in-kenya-has-had-dismal-results/ Fri, 13 May 2022 09:10:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/heres-why-oral-prep-in-family-planning-services-for-young-women-in-kenya-has-had-dismal-results/ A seven-month program in Kenyan public hospitals aimed at increasing access and use of oral PrEP among adolescent girls and young women has seen low uptake, with critical challenges encountered at health facilities, learned the INTEREST 2022 conference in Kampala this week. The researchers make several recommendations on how absorption could be increased. Patriciah Jeckonia […]]]>

A seven-month program in Kenyan public hospitals aimed at increasing access and use of oral PrEP among adolescent girls and young women has seen low uptake, with critical challenges encountered at health facilities, learned the INTEREST 2022 conference in Kampala this week. The researchers make several recommendations on how absorption could be increased.

Patriciah Jeckonia of LVCT Health presented results from a study of three high-volume public health facilities that aimed to integrate PrEP services into family planning services between April and October 2021. Of 179 eligible adolescent girls and young women, only 43% have started Preparation.

While Kenya has succeeded in scaling up PrEP in public hospitals, most users are partners of people living with HIV, with a median age of 31. However, the group likely to benefit most from PrEP in Kenya are adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24 who face high HIV incidence, are rarely aware of their male partner’s HIV status, and do not take proactive steps to start PrEP for HIV prevention.

Glossary

reference

Recommendation by a medical professional that a person consult another specialist or medical service.

stigma

Social attitudes that suggest being ashamed of having a particular disease or being in a particular situation. Stigma can be questioned and challenged.

oral

Refers to the mouth, for example a medicine taken by mouth.

To advance the integration of PrEP services for adolescent girls and young women, the PEPFAR and USAID-supported CHOICE project piloted PrEP-family planning services in three health centers in Nairobi.

Family planning providers were trained on how to integrate PrEP into their work and received checklists and a rapid assessment tool. During the implementation period, there were weekly supervision visits to the facilities and refresher trainings. Adolescent girls and young women were trained as PrEP champions to help create demand.

Providers screened family planning clients, and those who were eligible were referred for further PrEP evaluation at a referral facility. Here, clients underwent further evaluation for PrEP and those deemed eligible were started on PrEP. Because most family planning providers had not received adequate training in PrEP delivery and PrEP was delivered in HIV care clinics, all providers at the three facilities chose to orient their clients to district and referral hospitals.

Between April and October 2021, 6,624 adolescent girls and young women attended family planning service facilities. Jeckonia told the conference that while they expected all patients to be screened for PrEP eligibility, providers only screened 61% of those patients. Of the 758 patients eligible to be referred to PrEP after screening, providers referred only 78%. Finally, out of 179 patients eligible for initiation, only 79 (43%) started PrEP.

Jeckonia explained the different challenges faced at the facility level. Providers complained of a high workload and many had a negative attitude and risk bias toward PrEP. “If a young woman came in and said she was married but her husband was working in another county or another city, she would be asked why she needed PrEP,” Jeckonia said. “Providers felt that married women were not at risk.”

Other challenges include high staff turnover rates, a lack of cohesion and teamwork between PrEP, family planning and HIV testing service providers, inconsistent documentation, inconsistent use of the rapid assessment tool and providers who expect additional payments for integrated services.

Many clients were not ready to start PrEP the day it was offered, while some refused for fear of domestic violence. However, some of those who accepted the recommendation left due to long queues or “getting lost” on their way to see the next supplier.

Some of the key lessons and recommendations shared from this program include:

  • Family planning, HIV testing, and PrEP providers should be trained together on PrEP-family planning integration to foster cooperation.
  • The value of integrating these services should be emphasized by facility, local and national leaders. Coaching and supervision are necessary.
  • More than one provider in each service delivery point should be trained and equipped to provide combined services, so that if a provider is transferred or goes on leave, integrated services can continue.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of HIV test kits and other commodities.
  • Given high staff turnover, training on integrating PrEP and family planning should be conducted before providers begin service and supplemented with on-the-job sessions.
  • Ongoing education on adolescent-friendly services and reduction of provider bias towards PrEP use among adolescent girls and young women is needed.
  • Greater investment in raising awareness and creating demand for PrEP among adolescent girls and young women both in the community and in the facility (for example, through health talks in the classroom) waiting) is needed to increase PrEP readiness.
  • More work to address structural barriers to PrEP uptake by adolescent girls and young women – for example, gender-based violence, stigma, and relationship dynamics with male partners.

“Although the number of family planning clients who started PrEP over seven months was low, the project highlighted critical challenges—and potential solutions—to operationalizing the integration of services into high-volume public healthcare facilities,” Jeckonia concluded.

References

Jeckonia P et al. Moving from rhetoric to reality: lessons learned from integrating oral PrEP and family planning services in public health facilities in Nairobi, Kenya. INTEREST 2022 Conference, Kampala, Abstract 5, 2022.

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Family planning trips – Egypt – Al-Ahram Weekly https://hilpers.org/family-planning-trips-egypt-al-ahram-weekly-2/ Fri, 13 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/family-planning-trips-egypt-al-ahram-weekly-2/ Serious measures are needed to deal with the increase in population Six convoys for reproductive health and family planning were deployed on Monday to 18 villages in six governorates. The convoys, supervised by the Ministry of Health, will work from May 9 to 12. They are part of the National Initiative for the Development of […]]]>

Serious measures are needed to deal with the increase in population

Six convoys for reproductive health and family planning were deployed on Monday to 18 villages in six governorates.

The convoys, supervised by the Ministry of Health, will work from May 9 to 12. They are part of the National Initiative for the Development of the Egyptian Family which consists of economically empowering women, ensuring free access to birth control, promoting awareness, enacting legislation and offering financial incentives.

The convoys will provide free family planning and reproductive health services to Decent Life Initiative villages and those most in need, said Ministry of Health and Population spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar. .

Abdel-Ghaffar said they intend to have a positive impact on the health of mothers and children, by raising awareness in the community and improving the family’s quality of life.

The convoys will cover the governorates of Sohag, Qalioubiya, Gharbiya, Fayoum, Sharqiya and Beheira. They are part of the government’s efforts to slow down the population increase so that the people and the country benefit from the government’s development efforts, as President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has often stated.

The current population of Egypt is 103 million with 2.5 million newborns per year. The population is expected to reach 153.7 million by 2050, requiring the state to double its infrastructure projects over the next 30 years.

Each convoy will include specialists in obstetrics and gynecology as well as family planning specialists to provide “distinguished and high-quality services”, stressed Hossam Abbas, head of the population and family planning sector at the ministry. They will provide a combination of safe and effective contraceptives free of charge, including long-acting modern contraceptives to increase their use and reduce unmet need to satisfy beneficiary women, Abbas said.

Abbas added that part of the mission of the convoys is to conduct sensitization seminars on the dangers of child marriage, to correct women’s information on contraceptives, the impact of family planning on the health of the mother and the child, the harmful effects of female genital mutilation (FGM), and child labour.

The Ministry of Health, through the convoys, aims to spread government messages in unconventional ways through cultural centers in the governorates where the raaedat, or rural women leaders, will reach out to women by organizing daily theatrical performances and puppet theaters in the villages where the convoys will visit.

The family planning and reproductive health project will take three years, beginning in governorates that are currently in the first phase of the presidential initiative focused on Decent Life campaigns, Abbas said.

President Al-Sisi launched the National Initiative for the Development of the Egyptian Family in March. He noted that the country’s population had increased by 14 million in the past seven years and that this was draining the country’s resources. “The state must rally its efforts to achieve development to fight poverty, ignorance and increase awareness, knowledge and progress as well as prosperity,” the president added.

Other population control initiatives include Two is Enough launched in 2020 to encourage families to have no more than two children.

*A version of this article appeared in the May 12, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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Family planning trips – Egypt – Al-Ahram Weekly https://hilpers.org/family-planning-trips-egypt-al-ahram-weekly/ Tue, 10 May 2022 20:49:05 +0000 https://hilpers.org/family-planning-trips-egypt-al-ahram-weekly/ Serious measures are needed to deal with the increase in population Six convoys for reproductive health and family planning were deployed on Monday to 18 villages in six governorates. The convoys, supervised by the Ministry of Health, will work from May 9 to 12. They are part of the National Initiative for the Development of […]]]>

Serious measures are needed to deal with the increase in population

Six convoys for reproductive health and family planning were deployed on Monday to 18 villages in six governorates.

The convoys, supervised by the Ministry of Health, will work from May 9 to 12. They are part of the National Initiative for the Development of the Egyptian Family which consists of economically empowering women, ensuring free access to birth control, promoting awareness, enacting legislation and offering financial incentives.

The convoys will provide free family planning and reproductive health services to Decent Life Initiative villages and those most in need, said Ministry of Health and Population spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar. .

Abdel-Ghaffar said they intend to have a positive impact on the health of mothers and children, by raising awareness in the community and improving the family’s quality of life.

The convoys will cover the governorates of Sohag, Qalioubiya, Gharbiya, Fayoum, Sharqiya and Beheira. They are part of the government’s efforts to slow down the population increase so that the people and the country benefit from the government’s development efforts, as President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has often stated.

The current population of Egypt is 103 million with 2.5 million newborns per year. The population is expected to reach 153.7 million by 2050, requiring the state to double its infrastructure projects over the next 30 years.

Each convoy will include specialists in obstetrics and gynecology as well as family planning specialists to provide “distinguished and high-quality services”, stressed Hossam Abbas, head of the population and family planning sector at the ministry. They will provide a combination of safe and effective contraceptives free of charge, including long-acting modern contraceptives to increase their use and reduce unmet need to satisfy beneficiary women, Abbas said.

Abbas added that part of the mission of the convoys is to conduct sensitization seminars on the dangers of child marriage, to correct women’s information on contraceptives, the impact of family planning on the health of the mother and the child, the harmful effects of female genital mutilation (FGM), and child labour.

The Ministry of Health, through the convoys, aims to spread government messages in unconventional ways through cultural centers in the governorates where the raaedat, or rural women leaders, will reach out to women by organizing daily theatrical performances and puppet theaters in the villages where the convoys will visit.

The family planning and reproductive health project will take three years, beginning in governorates that are currently in the first phase of the presidential initiative focused on Decent Life campaigns, Abbas said.

President Al-Sisi launched the National Initiative for the Development of the Egyptian Family in March. He noted that the country’s population had increased by 14 million in the past seven years and that this was draining the country’s resources. “The state must rally its efforts to achieve development to fight poverty, ignorance and increase awareness, knowledge and progress as well as prosperity,” the president added.

Other population control initiatives include Two is Enough launched in 2020 to encourage families to have no more than two children.

*A version of this article appeared in the May 12, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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HHS awards $16.3 million for telehealth for family planning https://hilpers.org/hhs-awards-16-3-million-for-telehealth-for-family-planning/ Tue, 10 May 2022 17:37:25 +0000 https://hilpers.org/hhs-awards-16-3-million-for-telehealth-for-family-planning/ The US Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that it has awarded $16.3 million in grants to improve telehealth infrastructure and the capacity of reproductive health clinics nationwide. HHS used funds available through the US bailout to award the money to 31 Title X family planning recipients for a 12-month project period […]]]>

The US Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that it has awarded $16.3 million in grants to improve telehealth infrastructure and the capacity of reproductive health clinics nationwide.

HHS used funds available through the US bailout to award the money to 31 Title X family planning recipients for a 12-month project period beginning May 15, the agency said.

“Expanding telehealth into Title X family planning clinics across our nation will help ensure that all women and families have equitable access to this essential care,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. a statement.

“Across the country, we are seeing attacks on sexual and reproductive health services, and through these funds and other HHS efforts, we can ensure that we are able to provide that care that so many people across the country need,” he continued.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

Title X family planning clinics provide a wide range of reproductive and preventive health services to more than 190 million low-income and uninsured people, including screening for breast and cervical cancer, contraceptive advice and care and testing for sexually transmitted infections.

HHS says clinics will be able to use the new funding to expand their telehealth capacity — and, therefore, services throughout the community.

“Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, family planning clinics have already increased the use of telehealth,” Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said in a statement.

“These awards will help programs further accelerate telehealth in award-winning communities,” she continued.

The 31 recipients are located in 26 states, plus the US Virgin Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. Grants range from $72,144 to $700,000, with an average award of $527,522.

THE GREAT TREND

HHS announced funding availability in November 2021.

At that time, the agency said it planned to invest $35 million in telehealth for Title X clinics; after the release, reps said they had granted “all fundable requests for this funding opportunity, which totaled $16.3 million.”

As Becerra mentioned, news of the funding also comes amid growing attacks on reproductive health care — specifically, abortion rights and access. Although Title X funds cannot be used to pay for abortion services, they can be co-located with federally funded sites.

Just this month, the state of Tennessee criminalized abortion via telehealth, following the announcement of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court bill providing for the the highest court’s plan to overturn Roe v. Wade.

REGISTRATION

“This opportunity to maintain investments in telehealth for the Title X program helps open the door to high-quality family planning services for even more clients,” said HHS Deputy Undersecretary for Population Affairs. , Jessica Swafford Marcella, in a statement.

Kat Jercich is editor of Healthcare IT News.
Twitter: @kjercich
E-mail: kjercich@himss.org
Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.

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Family planning indices are improving in rivers, confirms Banigo https://hilpers.org/family-planning-indices-are-improving-in-rivers-confirms-banigo/ Mon, 09 May 2022 00:16:04 +0000 https://hilpers.org/family-planning-indices-are-improving-in-rivers-confirms-banigo/ People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has revealed that he has a clear plan to counter the activities of marauding bandits in Katsina State and other parts of the country, if elected President of Nigeria.The presidential aspirant also pledged that he would produce real and rapid improvements […]]]>

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has revealed that he has a clear plan to counter the activities of marauding bandits in Katsina State and other parts of the country, if elected President of Nigeria.
The presidential aspirant also pledged that he would produce real and rapid improvements in the lives of Nigerians, including aggressively addressing insecurity and creating an enabling environment for economic activities to flourish.
It was even while Wike wondered what a good job President Muhammadu Buhari had done that the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised to consolidate.
Wike hinted at his clear plan to tackle insecurity while addressing Katsina State PDP leaders and delegates at the party secretariat in Katsina, the state capital, last Saturday.
The Governor of Rivers State regretted that President Muhammadu Buhari, a native of Katsina State, had failed to stem the activities of marauding bandits responsible for the wanton destruction of life and property in the State.
The Governor assured delegates that if elected President in the 2023 presidential election, he would quickly address the nagging problem of insecurity and implement economic programs that would improve the quality of life of Nigerians.
“You need someone to keep you safe in Katsina State. You need someone who will bring projects to Katsina State. You need someone who will appreciate the people of Katsina State.
Wike reiterated that the PDP needs a presidential candidate who is brave, tough and capable of defeating the failed All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the 2023 general election.
“APC will not give you the power. We will take that power back from APC and return it to PDP on behalf of Nigeria. I am that person who can stand up to APC and win them over. I’m not going to run the election to support the former presidential candidate. I came out because I knew I would win the election.
Wike urged delegates not to vote for any aspirants based on ethno-religious sentiments.
He affirmed that they will make an informed choice by voting for him based on his background and his commitment to the PDP.
The governor, who described himself as the most prepared contender, however argued that if someone else emerges as the PDP presidential candidate, he would support the person to defeat the APC.
“If I don’t get the ticket, I will continue to work for whoever stands as the candidate of the party, because what we are talking about is how the PDP will regain power, how we can resolve the problem of insecurity, of how we can solve the problem of hunger.
“You can’t go to the farm, again your wives can’t go to the farm. When they go to the farm, they will be kidnapped, they will be raped. Can we continue to live in fear? Can we continue to leave this country with these people who let us down?
In his remarks, former Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema said Wike had demonstrated during his national campaign that he had the ability to lead Nigeria and solve the problems of insecurity, of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and unemployment.
“Anyone who is not willing to take up this challenge, to look at the people and address their real and genuine concerns, will only be interested in power for themselves.
“I am happy that we share the same vision. We are thinking in the same direction and we hope that Nigeria after 2023 will be a better, more prosperous, more focused and increasingly leading African and black world leader.
Katsina State PDP Chairman Salius Yusuf Majigiri said party loyalists were delighted to receive Wike and his campaign team and identified with his aspiration to become President of Nigeria.
Similarly, Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike wondered what a good job President Muhammadu Buhari had done that the presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised to consolidate.
Wike, who is a presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Nigerians are under the yoke of the APC’s maladministration with a situation of intractable insecurity that has crippled the economy and increased hunger.
Speaking in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, last Friday when he met Governor Douye Diri at Government House, Wike said God and Nigerians would forbid such a successor to emerge, for the country must be freed from insecurity, hunger, poverty and the dwindling economic fortunes of Nigeria and its people.
“It’s very unfortunate when I hear people declare (the intention to be president) under APC and say that they want to continue the good work of Mr. President: the good work of people who are dying every day? Or the good work of Naira falling every day?
“I’m so ashamed that we’ve reached the level of sycophancy where people will come and say ‘I want to continue Buhari’s good work.’ What is Buhari’s good work? Hunger, poverty, insecurity, plummeting economy?
“I can’t believe anyone will come out in Nigeria today and say I want to continue where Mr Buhari left off. May God never allow this evil to continue.
Wike described himself as the bravest leader who can lift Nigeria out of its current woes and therefore urged PDP delegates in Bayelsa State to support his candidacy for the presidency.
The Governor of Rivers State urged his counterpart from Bayelsa State to support his candidacy for the presidency as he was running on behalf of the two sister states.
Wike said he understood the particular problems of the two states, the Niger Delta region and was able to address them sufficiently as President of Nigeria.
In his response, Bayelsa State Governor Senator Douye Diri noted that the PDP constitution provides for the rotation of the post of presidential candidate between North and South.
He reiterated that it was appropriate that it be applied within the framework of the principle of equity, justice and fair play.
Diri described his Rivers State counterpart as a local politician who understands the issues both in the South-South region and in Nigeria as a whole.
“The South-South challenges, the Niger Delta challenges, the Rivers and Bayelsa challenges, you have put the shoe on, and only those who wear the shoe know where it pinches. And so, there is no other seeker who understands our challenges and problems other than you.
“You might as well have said this is our state I don’t need to come and campaign in Bayelsa, I don’t even need to come and see the delegates in Bayelsa, my brother governor is here, he will do it for me . And if you had called me on the phone, I would have said ‘don’t come, stay in Port Harcourt, we’ll do it for you’.
He noted the need for a courageous leader like Wike to reverse APC’s top-down administrative modus operandi which has plunged Nigeria into economic dire straits.
Diri assured his governor brother that the people of Bayelsa State would support him to realize his presidential ambition.
Wike, who later met with PDP delegates at the party secretariat in Yenagoa, reminded them of how he stood firm and never betrayed former president Goodluck Jonathan.
The Rivers State Governor said he is giving himself up to the people of Bayelsa to see him as their son, who needs their support to be able to land the PDP presidential ticket.
Wike has described himself as a full member of the PDP who has never quit the party and remains the only brave and fearless person who can take on the APC in the 2023 presidential election and win it.
The governor of Rivers State regretted that the APC-led federal government had been unable to crush bandit activity in some parts of the country.
He, however, said that the bandits would naturally run away if they knew he had become Nigeria’s next president.
Also speaking, former Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Hassan Dakwambo said Wike needed their support to materialize his candidacy for the presidency.
According to him, Wike was not just one of their own, but a trusted, tested, psychologically prepared leader who has the courage to provide the necessary leadership that Nigeria craves.
In his address, the Chairman of PDP in Bayelsa State, Mr. Solomon Agwana, said the country needs a visionary leader like Wike to pull itself out of the abyss.

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The share of men in family planning increases slightly | Jaipur News https://hilpers.org/the-share-of-men-in-family-planning-increases-slightly-jaipur-news/ Sat, 07 May 2022 22:13:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/the-share-of-men-in-family-planning-increases-slightly-jaipur-news/ Jaipur: The National Family Health Survey 5 (NFHS-5) shows that men’s contribution to permanent family planning in the state has increased slightly from 0.2% to 0.3% over the past five last years.This is very little compared to women adopting permanent methods of family planning, known as female sterilization, which rose from 40.7% to 42.4% in […]]]>
Jaipur: The National Family Health Survey 5 (NFHS-5) shows that men’s contribution to permanent family planning in the state has increased slightly from 0.2% to 0.3% over the past five last years.
This is very little compared to women adopting permanent methods of family planning, known as female sterilization, which rose from 40.7% to 42.4% in five years.
Recognizing that male participation is expected to increase, the health department is also making efforts to encourage male adoption of the permanent family planning method. “We encourage men to adopt sterilization, but there are myths that explain why men do not adopt the permanent family planning method,” said Dr. KL Meena, Director, Family Planning, Department of Health.
According to the officials, while permanent methods of contraception have traditionally found more acceptance, the maximum number of acceptors are women, which is why female sterilization rose from 40.7% to 42.4% in five years.
The Department of Health encourages men’s involvement in family planning by developing practical strategies to understand and integrate the male perspective and needs in the same way that attention is given to women’s perspectives and needs.
Officials said that through sustained family planning efforts, the health department aims to increase men’s participation in family planning, with a focus on assured service delivery, demand generation and reduction of supply gaps.
The state government observes “Vasectomy Fortnight” in November each year to raise awareness of male involvement and the promotion of male sterilization, while dramatically increasing compensation for male sterilization in the framework of the enhanced compensation scheme for sterilization.
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Egyptian Ministry of Health launches convoys for family planning in 6 governorates – Health – Egypt https://hilpers.org/egyptian-ministry-of-health-launches-convoys-for-family-planning-in-6-governorates-health-egypt/ Thu, 05 May 2022 13:27:22 +0000 https://hilpers.org/egyptian-ministry-of-health-launches-convoys-for-family-planning-in-6-governorates-health-egypt/ File photo: A family planning counselor talks to Egyptian mothers at a new clinic in Fayoum province, southwest of Cairo, Egypt February 19, 2019. REUTERS The convoys are part of the country’s national project for the development of the Egyptian family, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of small families in order to […]]]>

File photo: A family planning counselor talks to Egyptian mothers at a new clinic in Fayoum province, southwest of Cairo, Egypt February 19, 2019. REUTERS

The convoys are part of the country’s national project for the development of the Egyptian family, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of small families in order to reduce the rate of population growth.

The project, which will provide free family planning and other specialized medical services to women and girls, is expected to be implemented over three years, starting in governorates that are currently under the first phase of the presidential initiative focused on Decent Life campaigns.

The convoys will be launched in the governorates of Sohag, Qalioubiya, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Fayoum and Beheira, said Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, spokesman for the Ministry of Health.

Each convoy will offer awareness seminars on a number of issues, including child marriage, female genital mutilation and child labor, said Hossam Abbas, head of the ministry’s Population and Family Planning Department.

In late February, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi launched the National Egyptian Family Development Project to address overcrowding.

Officials say Egypt’s population, which currently stands at 103 million, is expected to reach 153.7 million by 2050, requiring the state to double its infrastructure projects over the next 30 years.

The Egyptian Family project addresses the health, social, family and economic dimensions of the overpopulation crisis.

In 2020, Egypt launched a two-year initiative called “Two Is Enough” to encourage people to have fewer children.

Last year, the Ministry of Health began providing all forms of contraception to women free of charge.

Egypt’s president has repeatedly warned of the negative impacts of overpopulation on the country’s economic development prospects.

El-Sisi called on the government to work to reduce the annual population growth rate to allow citizens to benefit from the fruits of development efforts.

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Abortion politics lead to power struggles over family planning subsidies https://hilpers.org/abortion-politics-lead-to-power-struggles-over-family-planning-subsidies/ Tue, 03 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/abortion-politics-lead-to-power-struggles-over-family-planning-subsidies/ Catherine Houghton BOZEMAN, Mont. — In a bustling downtown cafe, a drawing of a ski lift with intrauterine devices for chairs catches the eyes of sleepy customers who start their mornings with a jolt of caffeine. The flyer touts the services of Bridgercare, a nonprofit reproductive health clinic a few miles away. The clinic offers […]]]>

BOZEMAN, Mont. — In a bustling downtown cafe, a drawing of a ski lift with intrauterine devices for chairs catches the eyes of sleepy customers who start their mornings with a jolt of caffeine.

The flyer touts the services of Bridgercare, a nonprofit reproductive health clinic a few miles away. The clinic offers wellness checkups, birth control and LGBTQ+ services — and, as of April, oversees the state’s multimillion-dollar share of federal family planning program funding.

In March, Bridgercare beat the state health department to become administrator of Montana’s $2.3 million Title X program, which helps pay for family planning and preventive health services. The organization applied for the grant because its leaders were concerned about a new state law that sought to restrict funded local vendors.

What is happening in Montana is the latest example of an ongoing power struggle between nonprofits and conservative-leaning states over who gets federal money for family planning. This has intensified in recent years as the Title X program has increasingly become embroiled in abortion politics.

This year, the federal government set aside $257 million for family planning and preventive care. Providers who get this funding often serve low-income families, and Title X is one of the few federal programs that people without legal permission to be in the United States can participate in.

“The program is reaching into communities that otherwise would not be reached by public health efforts,” said Rebecca Kreitzer, associate professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has controlled the distribution of state Title X funds for decades. Bridgercare sought the administrator role to circumvent a Republican-sponsored law passed last year that required the state to prioritize money for local health departments and federally qualified health centers. That would have put the nonprofit — which does not offer abortion procedures — and similar organizations at the bottom of the list. The law also prohibited clinics that perform abortions from receiving Title X funds from the state health department.

Bridgercare executive director Stephanie McDowell said the group applied for the grant to try to shield the program from decisions emanating from the state Capitol. “Because of the politicization of Title X, we see how it’s run, swaying back and forth based on partisan leadership,” McDowell said.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Tara Broido, did not respond to questions about whether the agency intentionally gave grants to nonprofits to avoid the politics of the government. ‘State. Instead, she said in a statement that applicants are assessed in a competitive process by a panel of independent reviewers based on criteria aimed at delivering high-quality, client-centric services.

Federal law prohibits the money from being used to perform abortions. But it can cover other services provided by groups that offer abortions – by far the biggest and best known is Planned Parenthood. In recent years, conservative politicians have tried to block these vendors from receiving Title X funding.

In some cases, contraception has entered debate around family planning services that the government should help fund. Some abortion opponents have raised concerns that long-acting forms of contraception, such as IUDs, lead to abortions. These claims are contested by reproductive health experts.

In 2019, the Trump administration introduced several new rules for Title X, including a ban on receiving funding from family planning clinics that also offered abortion services or referrals. Many clinics across the country left the program instead of complying with the rules. Simultaneously, the spread of covid-19 interrupted routine care. Number of patients served by Title X dropped.

The Biden administration rolled back most of those rules, including allowing abortion service providers back into the Title X program. States are also trying to influence the scope of funding, either through legislation or regulations. budget rules.

Title X’s current funding cycle is five years, and the amount of money available each year could change depending on the state’s provider network or federal budget changes. Jon Ebelt, spokesman for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, did not respond when asked if the state plans to reapply to administer the funding in 2027. He said that the ministry was disappointed with the Biden administration’s “refusal” to renew state funding.

“We recognize, however, that recent changes to pro-abortion federal rules have distorted Title X and conflict with Montana law,” he said.

Conservative states have tangled with nonprofits and the federal government over Title X funding for more than a decade. In 2011, under the Obama administration, Texas cut state family planning spending and prioritized sending federal money to general primary care providers over reproductive health clinics. . As a result, 25% of family planning clinics in texas closed. In 2013, a non-profit organization now called Every Body Texas joined the contest to distribute the state’s Title X dollars and won.

“Filling and rebuilding these holes has taken the last decade, basically,” said Berna Mason, director of service delivery improvement for Every Body Texas.

In 2019, the governor of Nebraska proposed a budget that would have prohibited money from being given to any organization offering abortions or referring patients for abortions outside of an emergency. It would also have required funding recipients to be legally and financially separated from those clinics, a restriction that would have gone further than Trump administration rules. After, a family planning council won the right to administer Title X money.

In 2017, the nonprofit Arizona Family Health Partnership lost its status as that state’s sole Title X administrator when the state health department received 25% of the funding to provide to providers. It came after Arizona lawmakers ordered the department to request the funds and distribute them first to state or county-owned clinics, with the rest of the money going to primary care facilities. The change was backed by anti-abortion groups and reproductive health care providers saw it as an attempt to weaken clinics that offer abortion services.

However, the state left almost all the money he received intactand although he is still required by law to apply for Title X funding, he has not received a portion of the grant since.

Bré Thomas, CEO of Arizona Family Health Partnership, said that while the nonprofit is once again the sole administrator of Title X funding, the threat remains that some or all of it could be withdrawn because of politics. . “We’re at the will of who’s in charge,” Thomas said.

Nonprofits say they have an advantage over state agencies in expanding services because they have more flexibility in fundraising and fewer administrative hurdles.

In April, the Mississippi nonprofit Converge took over administration of Title X funds, a role the state had held for decades. The organization’s founders said they weren’t worried about conservative politicians restricting access to services, but simply believed they could do a better job. “The quality of service was very low and it was very difficult to get appointments,” said co-founder Danielle Lampton.

A Mississippi State Department of Health spokeswoman, Liz Sharlot, said the agency looks forward to working with Converge.

In Montana, Bridgercare plans to restore funding to Planned Parenthood clinics that have been cut from the program since 2019, recruit more health centers to participate, and expand program reach in rural, border, and tribal communities using telehealth services, McDowell said.

The organization’s goal is to increase the number of patients benefiting from the federal program by at least 10% each year of the five-year grant cycle. The clinic also plans to apply to retain its role in Title X beyond this grant.

“Five years from now, our grant application should be clearly in the lead for funding,” she said. “It’s less about ‘How do you beat someone in five years?’ And more on ‘How are we developing this program to serve patients?’

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Research highlights oversight that could kill 27,000 people a year https://hilpers.org/research-highlights-oversight-that-could-kill-27000-people-a-year/ Mon, 02 May 2022 19:00:03 +0000 https://hilpers.org/research-highlights-oversight-that-could-kill-27000-people-a-year/ Using national data from 134 countries between 1990 and 2015, Kerim Can Kavakli (Bocconi University, Milan) and Valentina Rotondi (SUPSI and University of Oxford) found that MCP was associated with higher rates of maternal mortality, infant mortality and HIV incidence. 1 credit Restricting U.S. foreign assistance to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that provide information or access […]]]>

Using national data from 134 countries between 1990 and 2015, Kerim Can Kavakli (Bocconi University, Milan) and Valentina Rotondi (SUPSI and University of Oxford) found that MCP was associated with higher rates of maternal mortality, infant mortality and HIV incidence. 1 credit

Restricting U.S. foreign assistance to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that provide information or access to abortion-related services in developing countries can have adverse effects on maternal and infant mortality and incidence rates of HIV on the same scale as an ongoing civil conflict.

In an article published in PNAS, Kerim Can Kavakli (Bocconi University, Milan) and Valentina Rotondi (SUPSI and University of Oxford) study the effects of the so-called Mexico City Policy (MCP). Since its inception in 1985, the MCP has withdrawn US federal funding from NGOs that provide abortion information or access around the world. “The MCP is applied and rescinded along partisan lines. It is one of the first policies implemented or pursued by every Republican president and lifted by every Democratic president, usually within the first week of a new administration” , Kavakli and Rotondi said.

Previous studies have analyzed abortion rates under MCP and found that when MCP is in place, the number of pregnancies and abortions increases. Kavakli and Rotondi study the link between MCP and a wide range of health outcomes.

Using national-level data from 134 countries between 1990 and 2015, Kavakli and Rotondi find that MCP is associated with higher rates of maternal mortality, infant mortality and HIV incidence. Furthermore, the effects are amplified by reliance on US aid and mitigated by aid from non-US donors, whose support is unaffected by the MCP.

For a subsample of 38 countries (population over 900 million) heavily dependent on US aid, the effects imply a 1-4% increase in maternal and infant mortality rates and HIV incidence. “Such numbers are comparable to the effect of an ongoing civil conflict in a country,” Rotondi said.

In absolute numbers, the estimates imply that restoring the MCP between 2017 and 2021 increased the number of maternal and child deaths in these 38 countries by around 27,000 per year and a total of 108,000 over the four-year period, and the number of new HIV infections of about 90,000 per year and 360,000 over four years.

The authors supplement these findings by using individual data from 30 low- and middle-income countries to better understand the mechanisms that lead to these adverse effects.

They find that MCP disrupts the provision of family planning services in affected countries and is therefore associated with much less direct access by women to in-person family planning programs and in-person AIDS information.

Additionally, when the MCP is in place, women are less likely to report using modern contraceptive methods, and pregnant women are more likely to report that their pregnancy is unwanted. Newborns are less likely to be tested for HIV as part of antenatal care, and their mothers are less likely to receive medical support from professional health personnel after delivery.

“We conclude that by restricting access to family planning programs, MCP makes it more difficult for people to obtain sexual and reproductive health information and support, leading to higher maternal and child mortality as well than the incidence of HIV in the world”, the authors mentioned.


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More information:
U.S. Foreign Aid Restrictions and Maternal and Child Health: Evidence from the “Mexico City Policy”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2022). doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2123177119

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