BKKBN amends family planning services to encourage contraceptive use

Access to family planning services will no longer be a problem anywhere as long as the human resources in hospitals and health care facilities have the appropriate skills.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has changed the family planning utility in hospitals to increase public interest in contraceptive use, said the agency’s deputy population control officer, Dwi Listyawardani.

“The family planning services were funded by health facilities without going through the referral mechanism,” she stated in an official statement published by BKKBN that ANTARA received here on Friday.

Currently, hospitals can provide family planning services with the BKKBN bearing the cost through the Family Planning Operation Cost (BOKB) mechanism, she said.

The budget for BOKB will be placed in the budget of the district or city budget of the regional government apparatus organization for family planning (OPD), she said.

The change came after the BKKBN revived family planning in hospitals in response to many people’s interest in family planning services, Listyawardani said.

People have difficulty accessing family planning service centers, especially those who live in regions, she noted.

According to BKKBN data, 30 percent of people use oral contraceptives, 40 percent injections, 2 percent vasectomy, 10 percent IUDs (intrauterine devices), 15 percent implants and 5 percent tubectomy for family planning.

“Access to family planning services will no longer be problematic anywhere as long as the human resources in hospitals and health care facilities have the appropriate skills,” affirmed Listyawardani.

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In order to realize this competence, the BKKBN organized national training courses for 40,000 Doctors and midwives from 2011 to 2015, she said.

The training aimed to improve her proficiency in providing family planning services with long term birth control (MKJP) methods, she said.

In addition, BKKBN is developing the Gandarusa contraceptive pill for men, which is now in clinical trials, while developing a family planning pill with many benefits, she said.

The vice-president expressed the hope that these efforts will increase the number of participants in family planning and that the program will cover more areas.

She said she also expected the paradigm surrounding the concept of starting a family to change.

If the paradigm changes, the BKKBN’s goal of 70 percent of mothers using contraception after giving birth could be achieved.

“At least 70 percent of post-labor mothers when they return home should already have family plans in place. Whatever the methods. At least they bring birth control pills before wearing MKJP,” Listyawardani said.

Prior to this change, family planning services in hospitals were provided through a referral mechanism, which resulted in a drastic decline in those services, she said.

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