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Involvement of youths in family planning stressed

Published : Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 760

Family Planning experts and policymakers on Monday said adolescent and young people must work as an ambassador in the country's community clinics along with service providers to ensure a smooth family planning services to the adolescent groups.

"We must involve young people with the country's family planning services. They can break the silence and existing taboos if they work as an ambassador in the community clinics," Aroma Datta, parliamentarian, made this comment.

Aroma Datta was present at the programme as the Chief Guest at the plenary session at the 4th National Youth Conference 2019.
A two-daylong conference started on 20th October and ended on 21st October.

The titled 'Bangladesh 4th National Youth Conference on Family Planning' was organized by SERAC with the support of Marie Stopes Bangladesh ( MSB)  at the KRISHIBID Institution, Farmgate, Dhaka.
Masrurul Islam, Country Director of Marie Stopes Bangladesh, chaired the event. He noted that adolescent and youths are very important part of the country in terms of their productive future and as well as overall development of the country.

"In Bangladesh adolescents and youths are 1/5th of the total population. They are the future of the country. If we cannot provide them proper family planning methods in future they will suffer both in physically and mentally due to unintended pregnancy," he said.
Referring to the prevalence of child marriage, he said that about 65 per cent of the girls are married off before reaching the legal age of 18.

He suggested awareness building from the family to community level in preventing child marriage to achieve the SDGs goals and governments' vision 2021 as well.

Mohammad Abdus Salam Khan Deputy Chief, Medical Education & Family Welfare Division Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said the government is planning to build about 1, 500 new community clinics.
Referring to the existing social taboos family planning and other issues, he said reproductive and sexual rights issues are being included in the school books but teacher are not willing to discuss it.

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