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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.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 7, 2011
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