DOH-ARMM trains health professionals on SDI insertion
Cotabato City (26 January 2015) – The Department of Health-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) has trained 24 health professionals this month from the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao on performing sub-dermal implant to help improve reproductive health and the wellbeing of families in the region.
Guiamalia Dimaren, ARMM’s family planning coordinator, said the training was designed to capacitate the rural health unit (RHU) professionals from the two provinces in the Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC)/Sub-dermal Implant (SDI) insertion procedures as a family planning method.
Sub-dermal implant is a birth control and family planning method that prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones that inhibit the release of eggs up to three years.
Dimaren said family planning methods like SDI can help safeguard the health of mothers and their families.
She said they want to make SDI more accessible to mothers in the region and help bring down maternal and infant mortality.
Dr. Renalyn Masukat of the RHU in General Salipada K. Pendatun town in Maguindanao said the training educated them on SDI insertion procedures, which in turn would help improve family planning in their community.
More than 70 mothers from the two provinces were also given free implants.
Lida Benigno, 30 and mother of four, from Ampatuan, Maguindanao, said the free medical service they availed is a great help to their family.
“Napakaganda ng programang ito. Kasi kapag may family planning, mas mabibigyan mo ng magandang kinabukasan ang mga anak mo,” she said.
The training was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the John Hopkins Program for International Education on Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO-MindanaoHealth).
Dr. Mohammad Shan Abdulwahid of JHPIEGO-MindanaoHealth said family planning helps improve maternal and child health. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM)