FEMPLANT - an effective, low cost solution for increasing CPR in Pakistan.
By Karachi, February 07, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The Government
is committed in making all possible efforts to achieve the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing child mortality ratio and improving
maternal health said Mr. Basheer Ahmed Mangi, Director General
Population Welfare Department (PWD) Sindh at the Training Inauguration
of Femplant at a local hotel on Wednesday. Mr. Mangi, the Chief Guest at
the event emphasized the need to improve womens status in Pakistan and
termed maternal health an imperative issue which needs to be addressed
on an urgent basis. PWD and its partners have common goals to provide
reproductive health facilities to the underserved women and couples in
Sindh. He also shared that the Ministry of Health is providing subsidy
on contraceptives up to a maximum level in order to ensure a healthy
nation. Mr. Mangi, further shared that the importance of birth spacing
should be spread in the society as the health of the newborn child and
mother is impacted by it. Family Health International (FHI - a public
health and development organization) has been a partner in the
registration of Femplant in Pakistan. Dr. Syed Hassan Raza Naqvi,
Country Director, FHI, and eminent doctors were present at this seminar.
This Training Inauguration saw the participation of 60 doctors nominated
by the PWD, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Programme (MNCH),
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan (SOGP), Family
Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) and Greenstar. These doctors
were trained as Resource Persons/Master Trainers in order to conduct
step down trainings of Femplant insertion and removal for the Public
Health Service Providers. The event marked the launch of Femplant in
Sindh following a similar event in Islamabad on November 12, 2010 and
signified the product as a safe, low cost and effective two rod
contraceptive implant, providing contraception for four years. It has
been registered in Pakistan in by Contraceptive Social Marketing (CSM),
a sister concern of Marie Stopes Society who is a global partner of
London based Marie Stopes International (MSI) with the mandate to
provide comprehensive reproductive health services with a developmental
perspective for the underserved people throughout Pakistan. The
organization is heavily engaged in social marketing in Pakistan.
Advantages of Femplant as a safe contraceptive implant was discussed by
Dr. Laila Shah, Deputy General Manager Training & Development, MSS.
The session ended on a positive note and every participant of the
training session appreciated the new product.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)