Following the signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Indonesian and Seychelles governments on population, family planning, reproductive health and family development, Seychelles's family planning minister, Mitcy Larue, paid a visit to a kampung keluarga berencana (family planning village) in Badung, Bali, on Aug. 19.
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Aside from Larue, also present during the visit was M. Yani, a deputy of family welfare and planning at the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), as well as other members of the board.
According to Yani, the visit is being promoted so that its lessons can be used as an example for Seychelles. Activities carried out in the village have run successfully and produced significant results.
"Bali counts as an outstandingly progressive region as it has produced 11 of these kampung KB villages in two years," Yani said.
He added that the main focus of kampung KB was to preserve the four aspects of "Tri Bina" (Three Bina) family planning, which encompasses bina keluarga balita (helping families with infants), bina keluarga remaja (helping families with teenagers), bina keluarga lansia (helping families with the elderly) and boosting the economic capacities of families.
"With these family planning programs, we hope activities can always run smoothly, as we hope that this village can produce social welfare," Yani said.
Meanwhile, BKKBN central field director Wahidin said the board was aiming for 14,000 family planning villages by the end of 2018 across the country. It aims to set up at least one such village in each subdistrict. Until now, 9,046 of these villages have been set up.
"I’m certain that this goal can be reached by the end of the year, especially for building in smaller villages that have high poverty rates," Wahidin said.
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Larue said the visit left an impression on her, as she was able to learn firsthand how youths and the elderly worked together to conduct activities.
"Today's activities have given us a picture of the activities that can be arranged for people of all ages when we get back home. With yesterday's memorandum of understanding, we can build a capacity development center for Africa and can increase our training capacities so that the people of Seychelles can interact in positive ways," she said.