Family planning, a crucial posyandu to control maternal mortality

If family planning services can be put in place, the maternal mortality rate will automatically decrease significantly. Don’t underestimate him.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Family planning program and services in integrated health posts (posyandus) are the main gateway to controlling maternal mortality in Indonesia, the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) said.

The posyandu The transformation led by the Ministry of Health can prove beneficial not only for the health of children, but also that of expectant mothers, the agency’s family planning and reproductive health deputy said on Wednesday, Eni Gustina.

Through the efforts of the ministry, posyandus can be used again as a primary venue to expand family planning services to the public, she explained.

In the old days, posyandus served as a comfortable place for mothers to get contraceptive devices and obtain medication, she said.

The devices included implants, IUDs (intrauterine devices), injections, pills, and condoms. Their facility aimed to help mothers space pregnancies by two years.

The interval was meant to serve as a “resting phase” for mothers during which they could care for their newborn as best they could while regaining their health.

Moreover, the first two years of a child’s life are a critical period for nutritional development.

“If family planning services can be put in place, the maternal mortality rate will automatically drop significantly. Don’t underestimate it,” she said.

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According to the intercensal population survey (Supas), in 2015 the maternal mortality rate reached 305 deaths per 100,000 births, Gustina informed.

Therefore, maternal health must be managed in such a way that Indonesia has an investment in the form of irreplaceable human resources.

This is important, especially since family planning services are part of the indicators for reducing stunting and infant mortality rates.

The agency provided free contraceptives to the health facilities that were integrated into it. All types of the best quality contraceptives have been made available and they are also comfortable for mothers to wear.

However, there is always an installation cost for long-term contraceptives. The installation of an implant or an IUD costs Rp 100,000, Gustina informed.

She said she expects people’s awareness of contraceptive use to improve. Contraceptive use is not about reducing the number of children, but about improving the quality of life of mothers and children by maintaining reproductive health.

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