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Danida funded Bajaj in Temeke enhances young girls access to family planning

19.07.2017  08:36

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) account for a large portion of the Danish Health Sector Program Support phase V. One of the five PPPs that Denmark supports is Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST). As Tanzania’s largest specialized sexual and reproductive health and family planning organization, MST works with the mission to help women and girls to have children by choice, not chance. Denmark supports MST with an annual tranche of 10 million DKK out of which support to bajaji outreach services is central.

The Danida-supported Youth Bajaji that operates in Temeke district, Dar es Salaam region, has enhanced young girls’ access to family planning and other sexual reproductive health services – giving them the power to decide whether, or not and when to have children. Working in partnership with MST, more young girls, particularly those hailing from poor slum areas, now have an answer to their family planning and other sexual reproductive health needs. They regard the Bajaji services as more youth friendly that guarantee them with the needed privacy on matters related to their reproductive health.

Agnes Dominic (17), a mother of a seven-month-old baby, accessed the Bajaji family planning services a few days after being reached by a community mobilizer. She informed her about the visit of MST service providers in their area. Agnes chose to go for a three-year implant out of all other family planning methods. Although it was her first time, she was not scared of this method since her peers had recommended it.

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“It is easier for most young girls to choose a certain family planning method after seeing how best it works with their peers,” comments Stella Kabela the Marie Stopes’ service provider who attended Agnes. However, before giving the method, we do detailed counseling and assess eligibility to ensure the client chooses the right method.

 

Now with the choice made of family planning, Agnes says:

 

“I want to successfully engage in a tailoring business without any interruption. So, I chose a three-year implant because it’s a long-term method that can guarantee me zero unwanted pregnancies in the entire period.”

 

“The services that are offered are very good and the MST Bajaji nurses are doing their job pretty well. I feel free to talk about family planning to my peers who have not yet accessed the service, that they should do it.”

 

In Tanzania, there still exist a good number of parents who are yet to be in full support of modern contraceptives – mistakenly thinking that their daughters might not be able to conceive again in the future.  Agnes’ testimony on the Danida MST Bajaji services cannot end without underlining the approval from her family. It was her mother who encouraged her to come for the service, and so smashed apart the stigma attached to family planning.

 

Read more about MST’s outreach activities in Tanzania here.