Only 33% of Africans plan their families- Report

| Updated Nov 21, 2017 at 1:09pm



It is estimated that about only 33 percent of Africans plan their families.

A situation which does not affect individual resources and well-being alone, but society in its developmental drive.

Speaking at a UNFPA Gala night on Family Planning in Accra, the wife of the Vice President, Samira Bawumia expressed worry about how women are more often than not left alone during issues of family planning.

She said the practice’s enormous benefits is not only to women but the whole family. She called for an all hands on deck approach to demystify the misconceptions surrounding the act.

Family Planning is the practice of controlling the number of children one has and the intervals between their births, particularly by means of contraception or voluntary sterilization such as abstinence, natural planning or hormonal birth control.

Mrs. Samira Bawumia observed that without the requisite knowledge, women especially would not be able to make meaningful choices, hence sensitization is key to reaching out to both men and women.

This she indicated would help deal with the stigmatization associated with the practice.

Mrs. Bawumia charged African governments to accelerate the implementation of policies with focus on women related issues.

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djabah noted that though individuals hold dearly their traditional beliefs, it is prudent to do away with the negative harmful ones which do not add but destroys.

She urged her colleague ministers to continue the advocacy in their countries, with the hope of sharing success stories solely in their next meeting and not discussions of problems.

Among dignitaries who graced the occasion was former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

Radio Ghana's Naa Dzagbley Ago filed this report.