Jakarta (ANTARA) - The unmet need for family planning in Bali is still high despite the fact that the province has the lowest birth rate in Indonesia, the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has said.

The birth rate in Bali is 1.9 live births per woman per year, meaning that one woman in Bali only gives birth to one or two children throughout her reproductive period, Bali BKKBN representative head Ni Luh Gede Sukardiasih noted.

Unfortunately, the unmet need percentage, according to data from the 2021 Family Data Collection (PK21), has only been 17.90 percent realized from the 7.94 percent target, she said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

This should prompt a collective consideration to increase the participation of fertile age couples in family planning, especially long-term contraception, she added.

The new family planning target achievement in Bali, specifically for the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, according to the 2022 SIGA data, is still very low, she noted.

Of the total target of 11,507 IUDs, only 1,605 or 13.95 percent have been realized.

Meanwhile, of the new implant target of 1,732, only 564 or 32.56 percent have been realized.

Based on the results of field activity, the target of 45 acceptors has been met. However, there are no post-labor family planning services available at health facilities.

Sukardiasih said that it is regrettable that participants do not have the opportunity to immediately access family planning after labor.

Therefore, the Bali BKKBN representative and the Bali Public Health Training Center (Bapelkesmas) are holding the second batch of contraception service training for doctors and midwives using blended learning or theory-and-practice method.

She said she expects all training participants to follow the activity as best they can so that the practice results can be directly applied to the target population.

"This activity is an effort to maximize the quality of family planning services by strengthening the capacity of health workers. This is one form of BKKBN's appreciation toward health workers," she added.

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