Quito, September 15, 2021
More than 800 professionals from the Comprehensive Public Health Network (RPIS) participated in the sixth monthly training to promote the recognition and protection of the population’s sexual and reproductive rights.
The National Undersecretary for Health Promotion and Equality Rita Bedoya, carried out the webinar called “Family planning: a key response for the exercise of sexual and reproductive rights”, organized by the The Daily News Box and the Population Fund United Nations Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNFPA).
“The right to full health for women is affected. We seek that health professionals who are involved in family planning have the clarity to offer a full range of family planning methods. A tool that builds different lives, ”said Bedoya.
Among the participants were doctors, obstetricians, gynecologists, nurses and those responsible for the processes of sexual health and reproductive health, prevention of pregnancy in girls and adolescents and provision of health services that are part of the RPIS.
The National Director of First Level (in charge), Glenda Guayasamín, that there is a care process in the 1,995 first level health units of the MSP, as well as home visits in the surrounding communities. He added that the target population for care in 2021 is 5,443,224 women of childbearing age without ignoring that family planning is a couple’s decision, so the services are enabled for the user or user who requires it.
The UNFPA Regional Technical Advisor, Federico Tobar, referred to the impact of COVID-19 on access to family planning and pointed out that 20 million women discontinued the use of modern methods of contraception in Latin America, according to the study Socio-economic consequences of the teenage pregnancy in Ecuador-UNFPA. “We have to advocate for expanding prevention and planning in terms of access to contraception in the most vulnerable groups, which are adolescents,” he said.
The National Director of Health Promotion, José Francisco Vallejo, explained that the MSP seeks a comprehensive approach to sexual and reproductive health that guarantees the effective right to family planning and contraception. One challenge, he pointed out, “is to expand the coverage of family planning in the RPIS and strengthen actions to promote sexual and reproductive health, as well as access to information for autonomous reproductive decision-making.”
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