Pandemic highlights inadequate family planning programs – Thu, Mar 17, 2022

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak (Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta ●
Thu 17 March 2022

In an effort to engage the media as part of its ongoing efforts to educate the public about the importance of adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health and rights, the non-governmental organization Rutgers WPF Indonesia is hosting a scholarship of the media since July 2021. Ten of the national and local media journalists participate in the program, including the author. The following articles are the third of five editions prepared under the initiative.

The focus on health care during the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted to focus on resource allocation, prevention of viral spread and emergency care, which have deprioritized other essential services such as access to contraception.

The National Board of Family Planning and Population (BKKBN) recorded a 47% discontinuation of contraceptive use nationwide in March 2020, leading to a 20% increase in unintended pregnancies in 2021.

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