Saturday, November 23, 2013

Masbate and UNFPA renew commitments to achieve universal access to SRH

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Note: This is an old article written on August 2013. 



Taguig City--“This is not just something personal but a respond to the majority population of Province of Masbate who are asking for access to reproductive health services.” This was the acceptance message of Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete during the Partnership Meeting and Signing of 2013 Annual Work Plan between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Province of Masbate on 19 August 2013 in F1 Hotel, Taguig. “Our population needs this support,” the Governor added. 



Meanwhile, Ugochi Daniels, former Country Representative of UNFPA Philippines, noted the significant contribution of Masbate during the 6th Country Programme. Daniels recognized Masbate’s effort towards a 70% increase in the number of pregnant women completing antenatal visits as a reflection of the multi-sector support extended to the pregnant women including its Buntis Baby Bank micro-financing and 18 of its 21 Rural Health Units are already MCP- accredited and with BEmONC trained personnel as of 2012 and early 2013.

Working on the gains of the 6th Country Programme, the Province of Masbate is the 10th Province to have entered into partnership with UNFPA. UNFPA noted that more needs to be done to address current challenges and disparities especially between the 6th CP pilot municipalities and the province as a whole in the areas of facility based delivery, contraceptive prevalence rate, functionality of Women Crises Protection Units and Local Health Board, and addressing unmet need for modern family planning method to about 45,797 women of reproductive age (one of the highest in Bicol).

Under the Medium Package of Assistance, Masbate will be receiving support based on quality improvement, accreditation and compliance to standards needs of the Province. The 2013 Annual Work Plan for Masbate will focus on support 18 out of 21 BEmONC certified RHUs in providing long acting and permanent method of FP to women with unmet need in CCT/ NHTS areas, strengthen capacities of 74 Barangays (both CCT and non-CCT) in providing family planning services through integrating Family Planning Action Sessions, masterlisting of women with unmet need, and referral of clients towards becoming FP acceptors (as well as mobilizing CHTs/ WHTs). The plan will also ensure the implementation of a solid STI prevention and control program for high risk young people and male and female freelance sex workers.  It will also support the completion of ‘province-wide’ CBMS incorporating key data related to gender and sexual reproductive health needs of the population. Finally, it will strengthen the gender and development program of the Province through supporting the functionality of its Women Crises Protection Unit and review of its draft GAD Code towards enactment.

In closing Daniels said that, “By 2016, we hope to be able to ensure that we will make significant strides in ensuring that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled.”
 

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