An attendance of almost ninety women who are decided on practicing their chosen family planning method signed up for Family Health Day, a series of activities all rolled up into a whole-day event held in Mantalongon National High School’s covered court on Monday, February 26, 2018.
The event which was organized in close partnership with Engender Health-Visayas is guided with the theme, “Ang Planadong Buhay ay Malusog na Buhay,” and is committed to a goal of providing the right family planning method suited for and willingly chosen by each participant.
Highlights of the event include basic discussions on long-term family planning methods by trained health care providers, correcting erroneous myths and beliefs regarding family planning options, as well as on-the-spot administration of family planning services, especially long-term options like subcutaneous implants and intra-uterine devices (IUDs). The event was deemed highly successful with more than seventy women residing from 16 upland barangays in the municipality effectively provided with family planning methods of their choice.
Fueled with positive responses gained from participants and their respective husbands who joined in support for the event, the health office aspires to conduct more activities like this which is rooted to achieve zero unmet needs for modern family planning as stated in The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act as well as augment awareness and knowledge, and empower women on their rights to decide on family planning services in conjunction with their partners to fully establish a healthy family that is the foundation of a progressive community.