The Fiji Times » Family planning training for health workers

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Family Planning Training, in support of the Department of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), was held on September 8, funded by the Australian Government.

In a press release, UNFPA said it was a follow-up to an earlier training UNFPA provided in 2020 to 31 family planning trainers in Fiji on the new training curriculum on family planning. adolescent-friendly, disability-inclusive and gender-responsive family planning, with support from Family Planning New South Wales (FPNSW).

“The training program is designed with a client-centered approach focused on providing rights-based family planning services,” UNFPA said.

“This year Fiji MHMS is rolling out this integrated training program for health service providers using a ‘cascade model’ which includes refresher training of trainers (TOT) for those master trainers who were trained in 2020 , also followed by separate training for health care workers who have not been previously trained.

“The cascade training in Central Division is the first of four such trainings to be rolled out this year by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services with support from UNFPA Pacific.”

UNFPA Pacific Chief of Health (Technical Advisor on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights), Titilola Duro-Aina, said that demystifying and overcoming health workers’ own unconscious biases regarding the provision of family planning through quality assured training was one of the major accelerators in reducing the great unmet need for family planning in the Pacific.

“Especially for vulnerable and marginalized populations in hard-to-reach areas,” said Dr Duro-Aina.

Alumita Cataki, a midwife from the Makoi Maternity Unit in Suva, said that after completing UNFPA’s family planning training, she was confident she would be able to provide better advice. to her fellow women who visited hospitals to choose the right method of family planning. for them.

Ms. Cataki was among 24 health service providers from 18 Central Division health facilities who participated in a family planning capacity-building workshop in Pacific Harbor organized by UNFPA.

The training will conclude Sept. 21 with three-day hands-on sessions held on-site at various family planning clinics across the division.

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