Family planning and CSE: at the heart of a healthy lifestyle – The European bite

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This article was written exclusively for The European Sting by Mr Sharif Mohammad Sadat, a third year medical student currently studying at Bangladesh Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this article belong strictly to the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IFMSA on the subject, nor that of The European Sting.


The scope of family planning goes beyond contraception, including sex education, marital counseling, infertility counseling, birth control, parenting education, sex education, teaching home economics and nutrition, providing adoption services, etc. It not only covers birth spacing. but also terminal contraceptive methods. It focuses on aspects of maternal health to reduce maternal mortality, morbidity of women of reproductive age and nutritional status, preventable pregnancy complications and abortion. In addition, the health aspects of the fetus, infant and child are of concern. It focuses on reducing infant mortality and improving baby survival through proper nutrition, growth and development.

Family planning is crucial for anyone of childbearing age to promote the health of each family member. For medical students, basic knowledge, understanding of family planning concepts, and patient communication skills are essential. There is a very low level of awareness about family planning and contraception among people. Despite the high percentage of pregnant women who receive prenatal care, many people still refuse to use contraceptives.

Health workers can provide meaningful support for family planning by following specific strategies to bring us closer to our goal: a safe world for all.

  • The concentration of health workers in urban areas leads to health worker shortages in rural areas, leaving harder-to-reach populations without access to care. Increasing the density of doctors, nurses and midwives in these areas can have a huge impact on service delivery for all.
  • Improving contraceptive access and use is particularly important for girls and young people. Unfortunately, few young women are offered long-acting reversible methods, such as implants and intrauterine devices, which are 20 times more efficient than short-acting methods, such as: OCP. Challenges for young people who want to use long-acting methods include lack of access, provider stigma, community resistance, and myths and misconceptions.
  • Implement “task sharing,” a concept that refers to the systematic delegation of tasks by expanding levels of health care providers. It involves the training of middle and lower level cadres of health workers, such as clinical officers, auxiliary nurses who can deliver health services appropriately. This can ensure the availability of family planning methods at the primary care level.
  • Advocate for family planning as a key ingredient to achieving a demographic dividend. Family planning provides good value for money in many ways. It helps couples achieve their desired family size, which means more resources are available to feed, educate and support their children.

The whole process relies in part on the communication skills and attitudes of health care providers. Health workers as well as medical students around the world can play a vital role in advising eligible couples (currently married couples in which the woman is of childbearing age) to take family planning concepts seriously and act on them. consequence for a better and healthier future. Comprehensive sex education should begin in early adolescence and continue throughout a person’s life.

About the Author

Sharif Mohammad Sadat is a third year medical student currently studying at Bangladesh Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is an active member of Bangladesh Medical Students’ Society, a national member organization of IFMSA. In addition to being passionate about the field of medicine, he is a young visionary leader who wants to bring about positive change in society. He is also an advocate for youth participation in global health initiatives and integrates social development with medical knowledge.

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