Trained midwives help improve access to family planning services – Journal

KARACHI: Study reveals that midwives trained in a pilot project have helped improve public access to family planning services in Tando Allahyar.

The project also saw greater acceptance and confidence at the community level in community midwives as family planning service providers due to their improved counseling skills and ability to tackle health issues. family planning.

The study was conducted by the Population Council (PC) in collaboration with the provincial departments of population health and welfare and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its findings were shared in a local hotel the other day.

The objective of the research was to examine and identify cost-effective ways to use existing health resources to improve women’s access to rights-based family planning services in Sindh, particularly in its areas. rural. Presenting the main findings of the study, Iram Kamran, Population Council, said he had seen an increase in the use of family planning services at the community level due to increased awareness.

“The delivery of family planning services by trained community midwives has also improved due to the increased choice of methods and the capacity to provide postpartum family planning counseling.

Regular contraceptive supplies have played a major role in improving the uptake of family planning services, ”she said.

In his speech, Rehan Iqbal Baloch, provincial secretary of the population welfare department, said the government is trying to strengthen the coordination mechanisms between the population welfare and health departments at the district level. to improve access to family planning services.

During a plenary discussion, Dr Talib Lashari, Technical Advisor in the Department of Population Welfare, briefed the audience on steps taken to improve the family planning program.

In her remarks, Bayramgul Garabayeva, UNFPA Provincial Representative, reaffirmed the role of the organization to work with the Pakistani government on evidence-based policy development to strengthen health and wellness programs for women. the population in the country.

Posted in Dawn, December 24, 2021

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