COVID-19 Obstacles to KB Access, 7 Million Unwanted Pregnant Women

Jakarta, IDN Times – The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) strengthens the implementation of programs in the field, specifically family planning services (KB) for couples of childbearing age.

Because, the application of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) regulations and working from home, can affect high pregnancy rates if the use of contraception in the community decreases.

1. PSBB disrupts the supply chain of contraception in some areas, causing unwanted pregnancy

Residents receive contraception (BETWEEN PHOTOS / Feny Selly)

BKKBN Deputy for Training, Research and Development Professor Rizal Damanik revealed, based on BKKBN observations, women chose not to come to health facilities for fear of contracting COVID-19 or because of PSBB.

In addition, PSBB also has the potential to disrupt the supply chain which limits the availability of contraceptives in some areas, so that pregnancy increases.

“The inaccessibility of family planning services, especially in Indonesia, poses a threat of contraception and unwanted pregnancy,” Rizal said.

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2. As many as 47 million women cannot access modern contraception

COVID-19 Obstacles to KB Access, 7 Million Unwanted Pregnant WomenIllustration of condoms (Pixabay.com/Kerryank)

Meanwhile, based on data United Nations Population Fund UNFPA, 2020, globally there are 47 million women unable to access modern contraceptives. In fact, as many as 7 million of them experienced an unwanted pregnancy.

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“(A total of) 31 million cases of gender based violence will occur if lockdown continued, for up to six months in 114 low and middle income countries, “Rizal said.

3. The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion people within 30 years

COVID-19 Obstacles to KB Access, 7 Million Unwanted Pregnant WomenThe first baby boy born at LPP Sungguminasa, Gowa, during the COVID-19 pandemic. IDN Times / Kemenkumham Sulsel

Rizal noted the world population is expected to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, or increase from 7.7 billion in 2019 to 9.7 billion in 2050.

“Nine countries, including Indonesia, will reach more than half the projected growth between now and 2050. It is still too early, if I assume that the outbreak (COVID-19) might change the projected global population,” he said.

4. The community has the right to get family planning access in the midst of a pandemic

COVID-19 Obstacles to KB Access, 7 Million Unwanted Pregnant WomenIllustration (BETWEEN PHOTOS / Yulius Satria Wijaya)

On the same occasion, President of the Asian Population Association, Aris Ananta, suggested that the BKKBN carry out massive family planning services again, as before the pandemic with strict health protocols.

Because, according to Aris, the community has the right to get family planning access even in the middle of a pandemic, because contraception is a basic need.

Family planning services, said Aris, it should focus on reaching underserved groups, especially in regions with unmet need tall one. Including, the poor 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. “Community-based supply chain innovation assisted by PLKB has been allowed to provide contraception directly, to couples of childbearing age who have fulfilled the requirements,” he said.

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