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This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Muhammad Numan Tahir is a final year medical student at Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College Mirpur AJK, Pakistan. 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.


Services that enable couples to achieve desired birth spacing and family size that translate to better health outcomes for infants, women, families and the community are called FAMILY PLANNING. FP education would make people understand the importance of smaller families and longer birth intervals. Smaller families and longer birth intervals contributed to better health outcomes.

About 5% of women of childbearing age have an unwanted pregnancy each year with negative consequences including miscarriage, birth defects, poor mental and physical health, and behavioral problems. For many women, FP as part of comprehensive sex education programs is their entry point into the health care system and their regular source of care. Family planning services are provided by health personnel with a positive effect on the community with some restrictions on the use of FP services, including

> Profitability

>Religious barrier

> Social stigma and pressure

> Lack of awareness and education

> Restriction by legal relations

It is considered taboo to talk about reproductive health and to provide sex education. Sex education is a general term to describe human sexual anatomy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender role, intimacy, and other aspects of human sexual behavior. People are reluctant to discuss CSE, which is why higher education institutions are taking this serious issue into consideration and emphasizing the training of health professionals to deal with people in education. sexual.

In many parts of the world, sex education is believed to promote sexual activity but is not evidence-based. Additionally, health professional awareness programs and campaigns have been proven to reduce misinformation and increase young people’s skills to make informed decisions about family planning. CSE is an effective way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and AIDS.

It is a serious matter to advise government and stakeholders to promote CSE in collaboration with health personnel. Medical students can play a major role in discussing ESC with their circle of non-medical friends. This would provide a channel of information that would result in increased awareness and knowledge of CSE among adolescents.

Solid training by health personnel can help adolescents plan for a productive and fulfilling future, but without access to reproductive health services, they could be interrupted by health issues. Unfortunately, many teens currently live in places that restrict access to these services for young people.

The healthcare system of any country is hierarchized into lower, middle and upper management. Middle and lower level health workers are the cornerstone of the health system and play their part in providing an effective health system and family planning services as they interact directly with the community. Contraception is an inexpensive and cost-effective intervention for family planning.

By expanding the provision of contraceptive methods to mid-level and lower cadres of health workers, access to contraceptive methods can be significantly improved, resulting in better family planning services. If you look at the regions of the world that have made the most progress in family planning, you will see that all of their strategies have included strong community health workers and comprehensive sex education. Intention to use contraceptives is higher among women who are contacted by health workers and participate in family planning discussions than among those who are not contacted.

This is because the role of a health worker is crucial. In the health system, task sharing is a promising strategy to address the critical shortage of health workers to provide reproductive, maternal, and newborn care in low-income communities.

Task sharing is envisioned to create a more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among health workers to improve access and cost-effectiveness. All of this evidence confirms that family planning is the result of health personnel and awareness of comprehensive sex education.

About the Author

Muhammad Numan Tahir is a final year medical student at MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO SHAHEED MEDICAL COLLEGE MIRPUR AJK, PAKISTAN. Recently, he worked as Executive Member of INSAAF DOCTOR FORUM PAKISTAN and Finance Officer of LITERARY SOCIETY MBBS MC MIRPUR for the 2022-2023 session. He worked with SYNCH PAKISTAN as the Head of Local External Affairs Cabinet for the 2021-2022 session. He also leads his class from the front as a class representative on the college academic committee. He has a great innovative and revolutionary personality having great qualities of head and heart. He has a lot of zest and enthusiasm for his profession and he will find his way to success.

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