Use of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) is still unfamiliar to a majority of women in rural households of Sunsari district. Poonam Devi Yadav, 35, from Devangunj was also unknown about what exactly the method would help her to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

When Poonam happened to meet with a nurse at Devangunj health post, she was counseled about the advantages of using long acting reversible contraceptive. After  counseling, she was interested to use it but was quite hesitant to immediately use it due to the possible objection from husband. But through the rounds of counselling by Sumitra sapkota, nurse who serve as visiting service provider from ADRA Nepal, she was not only convinced to take implant service, but also was able to tell her husband how its going to benefit them for family’s better future.

After knowing about the importance of implant service, Poonam, the mother of two children also convinced her three neighbors and brought to the health post for taking implant service. Poonam and her neighbors Rekha Devi Yadav, Sabita Yadav and Leelam Yadav  took implant service on that very day.

Yadav’s family depends on agricultural works for livelihoods. As their two children are still growing up, she is not been able to contribute in sugarcane farm. “After taking implant service, I am confident of not having unwanted pregnancy,” she shared after taking implant service, “I can also help my husband in farming.” She also said that she can now focus on health, nutrition and education of her children.

Nepal has set the goal to reach 70 percent contraceptive prevalence rate by 2030 which is now 53 percent. For this, its essential to reach the unreached population. ADRA Nepal has been implementing family planning program though the support of UNFPA Nepal various districts of the country including Sunsari.

Photo: Durgeshwori Munankarmi/ADRA