Muslims discuss family planning issues in Kumasi

By
Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Oct, 1, GNA – The Muslim Family
Counselling Services, has organized a forum in Kumasi to discuss issues on
family planning and adolescent reproductive health with the people in the
Asawase community.

The forum was a satellite event ahead of an
international conference on family planning to be held in Kigali, Rwanda
from12-15th November, this year.

It also formed part of this year’s World
Contraception Day celebration, which seeks to increase awareness of all
contraceptive methods available to enable young people make informed choices on
their sex and reproductive health.

Mr Mohammed Bun Bida, Lead Advocate for Family
Inclusion speaking at the event, said it was time the people, especially women
and young people in Muslim communities got to understand the importance of
family planning.

He said the aim of the forum was also to keep
the people abreast with the new National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) amended
Act 2012, (Act 852) which sought to include clinical methods of family planning
into the benefit package of NHIS to benefit women of reproductive age and also
to contribute to the attainment of Ghana’s commitment to Family Planning 2020
(FP2020).

Mr. Bida indicated that the FP2020 seeks to
reach 120,000,000 additional women with information and services on family
planning by year 2020.

Around the world, he noted, the satellite
family planning events were being hosted to ignite local conversations on the
issue ahead of the international conference, which would be the fifth global
gathering on family planning for the Muslim community.

The conference is expected to highlight on the
extensive and far-reaching social and economic benefits of family planning
investments – for individuals, families and countries.

GNA

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