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[The third medical Rwandan colloquium on the national family planning program].

  • Muhawenimana, A
Published Article
Imbonezamuryango = Famille, santé, développement / République rwandaise, Office national de la population (ONAPO)
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1989
PMID: 12316203


The 3rd medical colloquium in Rwanda held in Kigali in 1989 was organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and the National Office on Population (ONAPO) to promote use of family planning and to study the process of integrating family planning into basic health services. Objectives of the colloquium included identifying obstacles to family planning use, developing strategies for rational use of health resources so as to offer high quality family planning services, mobilizing health personnel to combat misinformation about family planning, and promoting methods of contraception that are still not frequently used. Over the 3 days of the colloquium there were presentations on Rwanda's family planning policy, the current status of integration of family planning into the health system, and the program of social mobilization and results of a pilot project using community promoters in 2 communes of Ruhengeri. The colloquium among other suggestions recommended that a committee be created to coordinate government and other family planning activities. Areas with particularly strong negative propaganda against modern family planning methods should be identified and should receive intensive family planning education and promotion. Adequate records should be kept of family planning activities. A survey of family planning clients should be undertaken to identify what changes would increase client satisfaction. To combat misinformation, personnel at all levels should continue and intensify provision of objective information, and the Ministry of Health and ONAPO should develop a mechanism for quality control of contraceptives. Efforts to inform the population of different contraceptive methods should be intensified.

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