Jakarta, IDN Times – Head of the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) Hasto Wardoyo revealed, the corona virus pandemic or COVID-19 does not only have an impact on public health and the economy, but targets demographic bonuses in Indonesia.
“COVID-19 has an impact on our lives. Not only on public health, but also socially and economically,” Hasto said when opening a virtual seminar titled COVID-19: Public Health and Economic Perspectives, Thursday (6/25).
1. Infectious diseases change the way of life
Hasto revealed that the world’s population is at the center of an unprecedented period in history, an infectious disease that will change the way of life.
“Uncertainty and social restrictions can affect efforts in realizing Indonesia’s competitive population. Employment and the ability of workers are key factors in utilizing demographic bonuses,” he said.
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2. Family planning and reproductive health services remain available in the midst of a pandemic
According to Hasto, the COVID-19 pandemic also had an impact on access to family planning services (KB) as well as sexual reproductive health information.
“Every country around the world is now struggling to ensure that services in family planning and reproductive health programs remain available,” he said.
3. Women choose not to come to health facilities, for fear of contracting COVID-19
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Meanwhile, BKKBN Deputy for Training, Research and Development Professor Rizal Damanik revealed, during the COVID-19 pandemic, women chose not to come to health facilities for fear of contracting COVID-19, or because of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB).
Then, said Rizal, there is also the potential for supply chain disruption that limits the availability of contraceptives in some areas.
“The inaccessibility of family planning services, especially in Indonesia, poses a threat of contraception and unwanted pregnancy,” he explained.
4. As many as 47 million women cannot access modern contraception
Meanwhile, based on data from the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA 2020, globally as many as 47 million women cannot access modern contraception, even 7 million of them experience unwanted pregnancies.
“(A total of) 31 million cases of gender based violence will occur if lockdown continues for six months, in 114 low and middle income countries, “Rizal said.
He noted the world population is expected to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, increasing from 7.7 billion in 2019 to 9.7 billion in 2050.
“Nine countries, including Indonesia, will reach more than half of the growth projections between now and 2050. It is still too early, if I assume that the outbreak (COVID-19) might change the projected global population,” Rizal said.
5. BKKBN ensures the supply of contraceptives in districts and cities
Rizal said that family planning services should focus on reaching underserved groups, especially in regions with unmet need high, including poor people and those who do not have health insurance.
“BKKBN is working with 500 local governments, we ensure that the distribution of contraceptives from warehouses to 18 thousand health facilities in districts or cities is in accordance with the plan. re-supply“Rizal said.
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