According to the Lao Social Indicator Survey (LSIS II) launched in June this year, the use of modern contraceptive method among married women aged 15-49 increased slowly from 42% in 2011 to 49% in 2017.
Unmet need for Modern Contraceptives (mCPR) among married women aged 15-49 has declined from 19.2% to 14.3%, and 75% among unmarried women aged 15-19 still cannot access Family Planning.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human rights held in Tehran, where Family Planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be human right.
The Tehran proclamation states, Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children. It urges governments to provide couples not only the ‘education’ but also the ‘mean’ necessary to enable them to exercise their right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.
UNFPA has been supporting Family Planning in Laos since 1995 following the International Conference on Population and Development and good progress is made in providing Family Planning information and services for many people, according to Ms. Frederika Meijer, UNFPA Representative in the Lao PDR.
Unfortunately, as we can see from the LSIS indicators, not EVERYONE is reached yet. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, we should not leave anyone behind hence we need to strengthen our efforts, said Ms. Meijer.
Globally UNFPA has adopted a new Strategic Plan that aims to bring down unmet need and maternal death to zero, these transformative results steer our work everywhere including here in Lao PDR where we would like to see availability of Family Planning for everyone, said Ms. Meijer.
Together with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), this year in the Lao PDR we celebrate World Population Day with the theme Family Planning for Everyone, because we want to simplify the understanding of family planning that it is not only for parents or couples, but for all people regardless of their sex, gender, backgrounds, social or economic status, said Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment at the World Population Day on July 11, 2018 in Vientiane.
All couples and individuals have the basic right to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information, education and means to do so, said Dr Kikeo.
Source: Lao News Agency