UNFPA ends campaign in CRR

Friday, December 08, 2017

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its esteemed partners recently ended its family planning campaign in the Central River Region.

The campaign, which covered  NBR, URR and LRR, kick-started in the Central River Region to increase and strengthen male involvement in family planning, dispel myths about religious and traditional beliefs about family planning, and diseases.

The campaign was also used as an entry point to accessing family planning information, services, HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, breast cancer and cervical cancer screening for females, especially young women.

The campaign started in Bansang in the CRR south, held in Brikamaba and in Wassu in the CRR north with cervical cancer screening done by the SOS Mothers Clinic from SOS village in Bakoteh.

The HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and family planning commodity distribution was done by the Gambia Family Planning Association (GFPA) officials led by youth coordinator, Gassamanding Touray.

The intervention included seminars, film shows in Boraba and Fulabantang villages, sensitization of husbands and household heads called Husband school, Art competition and football tournament.

The film shows featured the famous music star, Jaliba Kuyateh video footage depicting the danger of HIV/AIDS, the second film depicted the danger of teenage pregnancy and early child marriage and the third film depicted the need for most family to engage in family planning as family planning helps women to do birth spacing.

An art competition at Armitage Senior Secondary School in Janjanbureh was held among the Lower Basic Schools, Upper Basic Schools and Senior Secondary Schools in the Region.

The competition conducted within the three categories was to gauge their understanding of family planning or what an ideal family should look like through drawing.

All the respective winners in the three categories went home with brand new bicycles courtesy of UNFPA.

Modou Sawyer of Armitage Senior Secondary School won in the senior category, whilst Mohammed Jallow and Amadou Jallow won in the Upper Basic and Lower Basic School categories respectively.

Author: Bruce Asemota from CRR