Have you had the talk? A CONTRACEPTION AND FAMILY PLANNING CAMPAIGN
Unplanned pregnancies can have an adverse affect on all women, their families and communities.
In 2013 alone, over 73 727 women under 18 years of age fell pregnant, of all pregnancies 1,249 women died during pregnancy and childbirth, and 16,096 children under 1 year died. Many of these deaths could be avoided if pregnancies are betterplanned and managed.
A clear understanding of family planning and the available contraception methods, as well as how women can better take care of their and their babies health during and after pregnancy,can have a positive impact on the lives of all South Africans.
Lack of information on family planning and contraception options is one of the biggest barriers our country faces in supporting our women and girls. To ensure that information is freely available it is critical that we learn to talk openly about it with our children, friends and neighbours.
“Let’s talk”aims to:
De-stigmatise talking about sex, family planning and sexually transmitted infections
Encourage youth, adolescents and adults to talk openly about these topics
Dispel many of the myths surrounding the use of contraception, such as the idea that it makes you fat
Increasing knowledge about family planning and available contraception options
Increasing the number of sexually active women between the ages of 15-49 who are making use of contraception and planning their pregnancies
Reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies, unnecessary deaths due to unplanned pregnancies, as well as the social and financial burden on individuals, families and the community.
So, what do we need to talk about?
(Issues discussed should be determined by the age and needs of the target audience)
Reproductive health, contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STI)
Delaying sexual debut and abstinence
Promoting access to a full range of contraception services, including emergency contraception and Post Exposure Prophylaxis
Promoting dual protection (using a condom and any other contraceptive)
Encouraging people to know their HIV status
Promote information sharing on hygiene and menstruation
Encourage Medical Male Circumcision (MMC)
Access to information on choice and safe termination of pregnancy options
Planning and spacing of pregnancy
Social influences and consequences
Long-term consequences of early pregnancy
Open and honest communication about sex and the importance of care giver-child dialogue
Resisting negative peer pressure
Encouraging children to stay in school and complete their education
Focusing on the socio-economic factors leading to vulnerability
Raising awareness and perceptions of Risk
Promoting rights and responsibilities on sexuality
Men as partners – promoting shared responsibility in the prevention of unplanned pregnancies, the planning for healthy pregnancies, HIV and STI prevention
Raising awareness and demand for support networks for families, care givers and community members
How to use this CD and music video
Radio stations and broadcasters should play the song as often as possible.
“Let’s Talk” can be used as a platform to raise awareness around contraception and family planning.
“Let’s Talk” is a perfect theme for radio debate. Invite listeners to share their experiences, challenges and successes.
Print and other media, can use “Let’s Talk” as a platform for interesting investigative journalism - for example, what are the cultural influences influencing the use of contraception.
The "Let's Talk" song and music video were performed by Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka and DJ Reason in support of the National Department of Health (NDoH) National Family Planning Campaign.
The development of the “Let’s Talk” song and the music video was supported by the Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality through Strengthening Primary Health Care in South Africa (RMCH) Programme. RMCH is committed to helping reduce the high number of avoidable maternal and child deaths in the country by working in partnership with the NDoH to strengthen the primary health care system.
The RMCH programme is implemented by the GRM Futures Group partnership (together with Health Systems Trust, Save the Children South Africa and Social Development Direct), with funding from the UK Government.