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Govt needs to adopt new strategies to improve family planning : Experts

Published : Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 274

Md Quazi AKM Mohiul Islam, Director General of the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) of the Ministry of Health and Family Planning, on Monday said adopting new strategies is needed to improve family planning in Bangladesh to achieve FP2020.
"The Bangladesh government is committed to SDG and FP 2020 to improve the family planning. We have to achieve the targets by ensuring a decline in the mother mortality rate through Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) activities," he said.
He made the comment while speaking as the chief guest at a WISH2ACTION Programme Orientation.
The programme focused on Women's Integrated Sexual Health Programme. It was jointly organised by Marie Stopes Bangladesh, Options Consultancy Services and Handicraft International-Humanity Inclusion at a city hotel.
The main purpose of the project is ensuring family planning and reproductive health right care in the hard core and remote areas.
Highlighting the uniqueness of the programme, the Director General noted that this programme is more inclusive than others as it includes disabled people, rural people and other marginal community.
Mohammad Masrural Islam, Country Director, Marie Stopes Bangladesh presiding over the programme noted that new policies should be adopted to introduce the use of long-time family planning methods successfully.  
"We have to find out the reason behind the failure of using family planning methods like an Intrauterine Device (IUD)," he said.
The government needs to supervise either proper contraceptives methods or adequate counseling unless the young women will be victims of unexpected pregnancy, he said.
Dr Mohammed Sharif, Director ( MCH-Services) and Line Director ( MCRAH), DGFP, noted that the maternal mortality rate in Bangladesh is alarming.
Branding Marie Stopes Bangladesh (MSB) as a tested partner, he urged MSB and other organisations to take proper measures to ensure using-long term method like IUD.
Acknowledging government's failure in using IUD in the rural level, he noted that religious beliefs and lack of other facilities discouraged women from using it.
Dr Shehlina Ahmed, Health and Population Adviser, Department for International Development (DFID), British High Commission said: "I strongly believe this project will be benefited by the contribution of MSB," he said while talking to the Daily Observer.   
During the WISH2ACTION Programme Dr Sanjida Hasan, WISH2ACTION Country Manager-Bangladesh gave a detailed overview on its programme while Dr Esrat Jahan, project coordinator of Handicap International- Humanity Inclusion, Dr Rina Yesmin of MSB, Dr Nadira Sultana of Options Consultancy Services presented their projects' activities in details.
Besides Asa Torkelsson, UNFPA Representatives (Bangladesh), Dr M. Moinuddin Ahmed, Line Director (CCSDP) DGFP, Additional Director General of DGFP Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, were also present at the programme.

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