CARE Bangladesh organized 2nd Long Acting Reversible Contraception Method Camp (LARC camp) for the Myanmar refugees on December 11, 2018 at Moynarghona Community Clinic which is a government run facility for the Myanmar nationals. This was jointly organized by CARE and GoB’s Family Planning Department. The 1st LARC camp was held in November 4 in Palongkhali Family Welfare Center (FWC) in Ukhiya.
21 refugees from Balukhali and Maynarghona (camp 12) availed the family planning treatments. The aim of this LARC campaign is to create awareness among eligible couples (women with their husbands and influential family members). Two types of contraceptive options were given to the families: Implant (hormonal device insert on mid upper arm) and IUD (intra uterine device). The families were free to choose their preferred family planning option; and the participating families chose implant method. All of the GoB rules and regulations for selection criteria were followed. Implant insertion was lead by Dr. Md. Mazibul Hoque, Senior Medical Officer, Upazila Health Complex, Ukhiya, and he was assisted by a team of doctors and paramedics from CARE and implementation partner FDSR.
On July 10, 2018, CARE’s implementing partner FDSR received government approval for using LARC by the Director General and Deputy Director of Family Planning Department. Following that, on September 18, 2018, CARE received the LARC inventory of 90 IUD and 200 implant from UNFPA.
CARE plans to continue raise awareness about LARC and family planning on a bi-weekly basis in all the CARE covered areas.