Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PopCom- Bicol pilots adolescents RH care services in Albay
By Mike Dela Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 13 (PNA)-– An officer of the Population Commission (PopCom)-Bicol here said the cities of Tabaco and Legazpi have been identified as pilot local government units (LGUs) in Bicol for the establishment of an Information Service Delivery Network (ISDN) for adolescents so reproductive health (RH) care services could be effectively provided to them.

Gemma Robles of PopCom regional office said ISDN is primarily a network of public and private family planning or maternal and newborn child health nutrition or service providers.

She said the network is being established so the providers, who could cater to the "responsible parenthood and reproductive health (RH) service" needs of the priority adolescent population, could be identified.

Robles said ISDN is also a network of facilities, institutions and providers within the province, district, municipality/city-wide health and social system that offer information, training and core packages of health and social care services in an integrated and coordinated manner.

“The network will first identify the priority needs of the target adolescent population and then it will determine which clients are most in need of RH services and what steps could be undertaken to provide these needs,” she said.

Robles said the reports generated by the community health teams or CHTs from 80 percent of the target adolescent population shall be used as basis in determining what type of RH services would be provided.

She said the facilities of various government agencies and stakeholders will constitute part of the “service delivery network” and may include those that are outside the geographic and political boundaries of the province or city.

Robles said they are prioritizing the adolescents' health and development concerns because of factors that are “complex and interrelated.”

She said ISDN promotes the integrative and participatory approaches to avoid “segmented and isolated interventions.” She added the network promotes public-private partnership to ensure the sustainability of projects that it will undertake.

Robles said LGUs must have a package of information services that include basic essential health care for pregnancy, delivery and postnatal care; and diagnosis and management of sexually-transmitted infections, including humano-immunodeficiency virus or HIV.

“It may also include other services deemed preventive in nature such as counseling, skills enhancement and other social services,” she said.

Robles said PopCom-Bicol will maximize its very limited resources to enhance the demand for reproductive health services.

“We will continue our advocacy among the LGUs to mobilize them into creating an enabling environment for women, men and adolescents, particularly through the provision of services and information at the grassroots level,” she said. (PNA) FPV/GVR/MDR/CBD