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Expert advocates men’s participation in family planning



Dr Taiwo Johnson, Director, Post-Pregnancy Family Planning Project (PPFP), on Friday called for men’s participation in family planning.

Johnson made the call at a day sensitisation meeting with the Media Advocacy Group (MAPHealth) in Lagos.

She said men should understand the benefits of family planning method soon after child delivery by their wives.

The director said that a woman could get pregnant soon after delivery, even while breastfeeding.

Johnson said that for breastfeeding to be an effective family planning method, three conditions must be met.

“Ensure that her mensturation has not returned after giving birth; the baby is put to breast day and night on demand, excluding food and water, and that the baby must be less than six months,” she said.

Johnson said from the day a woman gets pregnant, there must be proper understanding between the couple on the best method of family planning to use after child delivery.

The director said that when a woman got pregnant, she was open to opportunities to plan for her future alongside her husband.

She said that effective family planning would reduce maternal deaths by 30 per cent, while PPFP was looking for a way to prevent it.

Johnson said that the vision of PPFP was to make private health service providers and all stakeholders work together to make family planning a way of life for post-pregnancy women.

She said that PPFP had expanded to 193 private health facilities in Lagos across 19 Local Government Areas with a plan to reach 240 facilities before the end of the project.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Olagoke Olatoye

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