The Home Affairs Ministry has handed an award to the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (PKBI) for its role in strengthening Indonesia’s family planning program and to promote the importance of sexual and reproductive health care services.
The conferral of the award is the ministry’s way to recognize Indonesian organizations, which are renowned for their implementation of the government’s programs. The awards are given to the winners of seven categories, comprising health, women empowerment, education, culture, environment, social and humanity as well as lifetime achievements.
PKBI’s work is included in the health category. “This award will reaffirm PKBI’s commitment in fighting for the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health care services for people in the country,” PKBI chairman Sarsanto W. Sarwono said on Tuesday.
PKBI was founded in 1957 and began its campaign by telling people across Indonesia about family planning, particularly to tackle problems related to the mortality rate among mothers, which was high that year.
In general, PKBI has focused its campaign on helping families achieve welfare by reducing their financial burden. In 1969, the group initiated what was called the Family Planning (KB) program that was later adopted as the Dua Anak Cukup (Two Children are Enough) program by the government .
Since then the KB program has developed as one of most important initiatives conducted to slow down population growth in the country. (ebf)