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Department of Health in collaboration with Bayer Thai join the campaign to prevent unintended pregnancies and promote a quality and healthy pregnancy on World Contraception Day 2020.

Bangkok - 25 September 2020 – Bureau of Reproductive Health, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, and Bayer Thai Co., Ltd., join an international campaign to reduce unplanned pregnancies among Thai teens as well as promote awareness of effective birth control methods to improve quality of life on World Contraception Day 2020 (taking place on 26 September every year).

Dr. Peerayoot Sanugul, Director of the Bureau of Reproductive Health, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, said about the current situation of an unplanned pregnancy in Thailand, in particular among teenagers that the situation is still critical, therefore, a constant campaign of education of birth control is needed. At the same time, it is also important to promote a sustainable family planning in Thai society. 

Department of Health revealed the pregnancy statistics in 2019 that among teens aged between 15-19 years old gave birth on average 169 babies per day, with girls under 15 years old gave birth on average 6 babies per day. Compared to the year 2000, it was found that teens under 20 years old gave birth on an average of 240 babies per day, and girls aged under 15 years old gave birth on average 4 babies per day. Moreover, in 2019, the number of girls aged under 20 years old who gave birth was 63,831. Of these, 61,651 girls are aged between 15-19 years old, and 2,180 are aged under 15 years old. Moreover, the statistic showed 5,222 girls aged under 20 years old accounting for 8.2 percent kept repeatedly giving birth several times.

“Although the unplanned pregnancies tend to improve, all sectors need to work together to prevent social problems that may occur, especially to raise awareness of the problems that result from unintended pregnancy. Being a teenage mother can have an impact on schooling, as well as the physical and mental health of young mothers. It also sees the importance of encouraging teenagers to be able to discuss contraceptive methods more openly with their parents or pharmacists. It's not an embarrassment, but it is needed for their future," Dr. Peerayoot said.

Dr. Paneeya Sutabutra, Country Medical Director of Bayer Thai Co., Ltd., said that as one of the leading business in pharmaceuticals, specializing in women's health care products and contraceptive methods, Bayer continues to provide support on family planning programs by working in partnership with public and societal networks with an aim to reduce the problem of unintended pregnancies, especially among adolescent which found a high ratio of premature pregnancy and repeated pregnancy. One of the main reasons is the lack of knowledge and correct understanding of proper birth-control.

This year it is marked as the 60th anniversary for the invention of the oral contraception’s. After the first pill was introduced in 1960, since then it has given an opportunity for women to plan and space pregnancy, and to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

Dr. Paneeya said that the pills can help women to have better family planning. However, overall it was found that between 2010-2014, from an estimated 99 million of women who had an undesirable pregnancy, of these 56 percent ended in abortion (1).  Also, expert estimates that 44 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned. The statistics of undesirable pregnancies in developing countries were 65 percent compared to those in developed countries at 45 percent (2).

For the campaign to provide knowledge for adolescent girls and younger women, the Bureau of Reproductive Health, has continuously organized educational activities in schools and many industrial plants. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the onsite seminars cannot be organized. Therefore, the educational programs has been changed to use social media and online channels via facebook.com/younglovethailand and Line: @YoungLove to communicate and increase reach to  teenagers who are turning to social media to search for more information on birth-control methods.

The activities are aimed at promoting the correct knowledge for teens and young generations. So that they will realize the advantage of self-protection from unprepared pregnancies problems with a variety of methods that are safe and suitable for individual needs such as contraceptive pills, contraceptive implants, and condoms, while also promote quality of giving birth when reaching the appropriate age.

For World Contraception Day 2020, this is the 13th year of cooperation that The Department of Reproductive Health, in collaboration with Bayer Thai, to organize a campaign to reduce the problem of unplanned pregnancies in teenagers. This year, a Facebook Live activity through the Facebook page “Young Love รักเป็น ปลอดภัย” was arranged on September 24, 2020. The event was joined by Dr. Vorama Kasempipatchai, medical specialist in reproductive health, Chulabhorn Hospital as a speaker and moderated by Khun Kwang Arisara, owner of the Deerlong page on Facebook. This is aimed to foster knowledge about appropriate contraception among teenagers and younger generation groups. For those interested in more information, can view the video clip and more information at facebook.com/younglovethailand and Line @YoungLove.

Dr. Vorama Kasempipatchai from Chulabhorn Hospital, said about options for contraception that in today's society, it is important to emphasize on safe sex, which is safe from sexually transmitted diseases and undesirable pregnancies. Therefore, the best method of contraception is the use of dual protection by using condoms in combining with other methods of contraception including contraceptive implant, intrauterine device (IUD), contraceptive patch, contraception injection, and birth-control pills. Each method of contraception has advantages and disadvantages and can be used effectively on each individual. It is also vital to encourage teenagers to access to correct and accurate information and consultation services on various methods of contraception.

On the occasion of World Contraception Day 2020 in overseas, Bayer is also partner with 15 international organizations to proceed on the campaign through Your Life project, by organizing numerous events in order to reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies and providing education on contraceptive methods and principles prevent unprepared pregnancies problems. This year theme is organized under the concept of #60YRSOFEMPOWERMENT. More information on the website www.yourlife.com. This is another commitment of the partner organization that has been conducting this activity for the 13th consecutive years in 70 countries around the world.

PP-UN-WHC-TH-0015-1 (09/20)

Reference:

(1) Singh, S., Remez, L., Sedgh, G., Kwok, L., Onda, T., (2018). Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access, URL: https://www.guttmacher.org/report/abortion-worldwide-2017 [07/03/2020]

(2) Bearak, J., Popinchalk, A., Alkerma, L., Sedgh, G., (2018). Global, regional, and subregional Trends in Unintended Pregnancy and its Outcomes from 1990 to 2014: Estimates from a Bayesian Hierarchical Model.The Lancet, Volume 6, Issue 4, PE380-E389, URL: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(18)30029-9/fulltext [07/03/2020]