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This article was written exclusively for The European Sting by Mr. Abdourraouf Yougouda is a Level 4 medical student at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bamenda, Cameroon. It is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), a cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this article belong strictly to the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IFMSA on the subject, nor that of The European Sting.


Everyone has the right to determine, as best they wish, the course of their personal life and this includes the number of children they choose to have, but like many other free will choices, they have consequences like increased expenses and household expenses. trauma among other reasons why family planning is a necessity in our African society. But for this to be implemented holistically, it takes a lot of actors who are mostly family planning providers found in the field.

Family planning providers have the privilege and responsibility to help people make and implement these decisions in order to limit the many setbacks that come with having multiple children and as well as maternal danger during pregnancy and it transcends many obstacles.

Thus, quality family planning services and those who provide them will need to respect and protect the human rights of all their patients as it is a matter of persuasion for the patient to make a final choice. As such, everyone working at all levels of the health system plays an important role.

According to the WHO definition, family planning providers can contribute to the successful implementation of adequate family planning methods by being: Knowing what family planning methods are available and how to provide them Listening and understanding people’s desires and needs of each partner, clearly explaining to them everything about family planning methods, their ease of use, their effectiveness and possible side effects, if any, and finally helping the couple to consider what is important to them in family planning.

This is only possible through comprehensive and interactive sex education. Young people will have a chance to better understand the different aspects of sexuality, including cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects. Likewise, it will also enable them to deepen their knowledge and develop attitudes and skills useful for their overall health, dignity and well-being.

Finally, the knowledge acquired about sexuality will not be limited to adolescence but will contribute considerably to the success or failure of the married life of young couples when it comes to choosing appropriate family planning methods.

About the Author

Abdourraouf Yougouda is a Level 4 medical student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Bamenda, Director of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Standing Committee of Cameroon Medical Student Associations, National Officer of IFMSA SCORA and currently a member of the incision in Cameroon. . Over the past four years, he has helped develop and implement over five projects in six regions of Cameroon that have helped educate and empower a number of communities on sexual and reproductive health issues.

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