Strengthening SRHR Education to Strengthen Family Planning
They made this suggestion during side discussions at the ongoing Northern Zone Gender Festival at the Kwasakwasa grounds in the same district, Kilimanjaro region. The activists were discussing the topic “strengthening community services to promote sexual and reproductive health rights”.
“There is a need to come up with a program to educate male parents on reproductive health rights in order to respond to family planning uptake,” said Nestory Mhando of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKDN) based in Dar es Salaam.
He suggested the need to create more spaces for people to understand sexual and reproductive health rights, so that the family can know all the issues related to birth spacing, which is beneficial to health. women.
Lucy Odiwa of the Tanga-based organization – Women Choice suggested the need to extend sexual and reproductive health rights education to adolescents – boys and girls, who have sex at a tender age.
“Children at all levels must be well informed about sexual and reproductive health issues, so that they will become better mothers and fathers in the future, therefore a better nation,” she said, noting that education on safe menstruation is aimed at schoolgirls and improves girls’ education.
According to Lucy, when girls and women have access to safe and affordable sanitary materials to manage their periods, they reduce their risk of infections.
“This can have cascading effects on overall sexual and reproductive health, including reduced teen pregnancy, maternal outcomes and fertility. Poor menstrual hygiene, however, can pose serious health risks, such as genital and urinary tract infections that can lead to future infertility and birth complications. Neglecting to wash your hands after changing menstrual products can spread infections,” she said.
Another participant, Joseph Safari, suggested the need for parents to be close to their children and educate them about sexual and reproductive health rights and achieve their desired dreams.
He also pointed out that abortion at the family level has increased due to the low use of family planning by both mothers and fathers.
Stesheni Ward Councillor, Eng. Heriel Mjema suggested the need for user-friendly health facilities to relieve pregnant women from the trauma caused by the lack of better services.
He said there was a need to improve roads and transport vessels to and from health facilities.
Lilian Liundi, Executive Director of the Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP), suggested the need to improve people’s incomes to deter teenage pregnancies, as most pregnant girls come from poor families. “This challenge does not come from wealthy families, so there is a need to improve family incomes and get rid of these unnecessary pregnancies which in turn ruin girls’ dreams,” she said.
Lilian urged people, especially women, to obtain the interest-free loans from district, town and city councils that can help transform their economic status, and thus improve sexual and reproductive health in their localities.