The Philippine Family Planning Society (PFPS) is born!
On October 20, 2011 (Thursday), the Philippine Family Planning Society, the umbrella grouping of health professionals qualified to provide standard family planning services, will be launched at a program at Sofitel Hotel from 9am to 12 noon. The main goal of PFPS is to produce a steady pool of Family Planning providers from among midwives, nurses and doctors, who will make quality FP services available to Filipinos needing help in planning their families. “PFPS will serve as a nurturing ground for providers who will be trained in both the science and art of Family Planning, and who will be grounded in the Family Planning needs of communities, especially those who are socially disadvantaged,” said Dr. Lourdes Capito, Chairperson of the Department of Ob-Gyn at UP-PGH.
Family Planning programs have been in existence in thePhilippinessince the late 60’s, but have never been fully and consistently supported by the Philippine government. FP programs have also been continuously thwarted by Catholic Church leaders who actively campaign against Family Planning. Weak support by government coupled with strong Catholic Church opposition has brought about an anemic national Family Planning program that is ineffective in reducing unintended births (36% according to NDHS 2008). The ineffectuality hits the poor the most, so that the poorest women are unable to use the Family Planning methods they desire. They therefore end up having 2 children more than they intended; that is, if they survive the common life-threatening complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
“PFPS can help improve access to and enhance equity in our Family Planning Programs,” said Dr. Esmeraldo Ilem, head of the Comprehensive Family Planning Services of the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. “Our members can conduct outreach surgical Family Planning services in remote areas where we can also train the local FP providers, thereby providing needed services while simultaneously developing local capacities.” PFPS can train providers in communities and in hospitals, on all modern methods – medical and surgical. The training stresses proficiency, safety and quality care, including counseling and respect for patient’s rights.
The launching program on October 20 will be attended by 200 national FP providers. It will orient participants to the rationale, ethos, organizational structure and relationships of the Philippine Family Planning Society.
For further information, contact Dr. Junice LD Melgar, Tel. 9266230/CP 09494432628.
This is a press release from the Philippine Family Planning Society, Inc.