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Cyprus results in birth control survey ‘disappointing’

Equitable access to modern contraceptive needs in Cyprus showed “one of the most disappointing” results in a new European survey, the Cyprus Family Planning Association said on Friday.

The association urged government agencies, healthcare providers and social partners to take immediate steps to investigate and address the levels of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases in Cyprus, especially among young people and adolescents.

On the occasion of Saturday’s World Contraception Day, the latest Eurobarometer on Women`s Access to Modern Contraceptive Choice, which is a programme of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF), has reviewed the levels of access to modern contraceptive choice in 16 EU states including Cyprus.

On its website, the report “highlights a worrying trend that EU countries are yet again failing in their commitments to improve equitable access to modern contraceptive needs”. It further notes that overall, the situation in most countries has stagnated or worsened in recent years.

“Cyprus` evaluation was one of the most disappointing, as it appears to meet only 15.4 per cent of the benchmarks,” the association said.
The report indicates the implications from poor access to contraception, ignorance about the correct use of contraception and major gaps in the field of sexual and reproductive health in Cyprus.

It urges the ministry of health to proceed with the development of a Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, which will include providing free contraceptive services, particularly to vulnerable groups of society and developing awareness programmes and integrating sexual and reproductive health in the NHS.

It also calls on the ministry of education to promote sex education in schools, including education on the proper use of contraceptive methods and information for young people about the dangers of not using contraception.
The EU countries covered by the report are: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden.

The report’s findings are based on information about the national policy landscapes provided by national experts in each of the 16 countries, using a series of policy benchmarks that are key to ensuring access to modern contraceptives. The information was collected, analysed and reviewed between May and November 2014.
The report is endorsed by the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) and International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH). (CNA)

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