In observation of World Contraception Day on September 26, the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) donated just under half a million Jamaican dollars worth of contraceptives to the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and the Women’s Centre Foundation Jamaica’s Adolescent Clinic in Kingston.
The donations consisted of a variety of contraceptives, including the Copper-T intrauterine device (IUD), the Jadelle implant, vials of the Depo Provera injection and male condoms. The NFPB recognises the importance and convenience of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), particularly for adolescents who have recently given birth. These contraceptives can last between three months (Depo Provera) and ten years (Copper-T).
World Contraception Day is observed globally every year on September 26. International organisations use this opportunity to highlight the various contraceptive options available to men and women with the vision that all pregnancies are planned.