BKKBN (Badan Kependudukan dan Keluarga Berencana Nasion), Indonesia’s national family planning agency, has adopted a program developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) that has boosted the use of modern contraception in several regions of the country, and is now scaling the CCP-developed program nationwide. CCP is based in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society.
CCP’s MyChoice project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2014, was created to revitalize family planning in Indonesia, starting with 11 districts in four provinces. Since BKKBN has adopted the model, the work is being done in six of Indonesia’s 34 provinces, an area that includes nearly 70 percent of the nation’s population.
The MyChoice model is designed to create demand for modern contraception by improving family planning counseling, providing easy-to-use digital tools for consumers and providers, and increasing access to a variety of contraceptive methods, especially long-acting reversible contraceptives such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants that weren’t widely available in Indonesia.
Indonesia was known as a success in family planning circles until the use of modern contraception stagnated in the country in the late 1990s. Currently, modern contraception use is significantly lower in Indonesia than in many other Asian countries. Family planning policy decisions, once made at the national government level, have been decentralized, and the power over policies and resources now rests in 535 district governments across the country.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 20