Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani delivered a speech during the World Contraception Day 2016 event organized by the National Population and Family Planning Board, or BKKBN, in Poncokusumo, Malang on Tuesday (27/9). (Photo courtesy of Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs)

BKKBN Needs to Improve Family Planning Efforts, Initiatives: Minister

BY :DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Jakarta. After almost two decades of stagnation, the Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani urged the National Population and Family Planning Board, or BKKBN, to step up their game in promoting family planning initiatives.

BKKBN is in charge of running Indonesia's family planning program and their main objective is to encourage Indonesian families to have only two children at most, in order to maintain financial stability.

"BKKBN should make a breakthrough. The program is not just about lowering the fertility rate, but also to support development of family health and welfare," Puan said at the World Contraception Day 2016 event in Malang, East Java, in September.

According to her, the prevalence of readily available contraceptives in Indonesia has not improved in the past 15 years. Additionally, 98 percent of couples who are of a reproductive age know about the family planning program, but only 57 percent have signed up.

She suggested that BKKBN come up with innovative ways to raise awareness about family planning, especially to young mothers.

BKKBN should also re-evaluate the distribution system for contraceptive products to make sure they reach the right target audience.

Another program is to monitor the "Kampung KB," a family planning program for those living in rural areas, or where intensive education about family planning programs and reproductive health care services is needed.

"There has to be effective education, counseling and advocacy containing clear messages about family planning. Make the people realize its importance," Puan said.

She also stated that family planning contributes to the success of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals 2016, or MDGs targets to address extreme poverty and inequality around the world by 2016 because it is believed to have helped reduce Indonesia's child mortality rate and improve maternal health.

According to data from the Central Statistic Agency, or BPS, Indonesia's population has jumped from 203 million in 1998 to 249.9 million in 2013. The agency expects Indonesia's population to reach 271 million by 2020, and nearly touch the 300 million mark in 2030.

Population growth has been identified by the government as one of the main hurdles for families to attain adequate welfare and to overcome poverty.

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