Another installment in our Friday Workshop series, this one from September 11th, 2020 is about family planning and touches on some other very serious subjects regarding women’s sexual and reproductive health.  It’s important to us at Toa that the Friday workshops be forums not only for teacher trainings and professional development, but that we also allow time for topics such as health, finance, human interest, and life skills.  Enjoy the report from Moshi below!

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“The workshop was opened by Ema who began by welcoming all attendees and gave a chance for the main facilitator of the workshop called Madam Dorah from KCMC Hospital to introduce herself.  Madam Dorah then explained how she was going to conduct the session.

She introduced the topic called ‘Family Planning’ and asked questions to the attendees such as: What is family planning?  What are the advantages of family planning?  At what age should a woman start using a family planning method?  In addition, she said the session was going to be in a participatory method when presenting the family planning topic as well as two other topics of importance: breast cancer and cervical cancer.

The tutors appreciated Madam Dorah’s presentation on family planning from 2019 so they picked up where she ended up on the last session she had conducted a year ago.

Dorah asked the tutors to say why they thought family planning is important and they mentioned some ideas such as to avoid unplanned pregnancy, to reduce maternal/fetal deaths, and to plan the right financial and social time when to get children.  Dorah agreed and explained in depth the importance of family planning and various methods of family planning.  She said there are long-term and short-term, traditional and clinical, permanent and temporary methods of family planning.

She continued to explain each method and said that short-term methods include injections, pills, and condoms while long-term methods include contraceptive loops, contraceptive implants, and intra-uterine devices (IUD).  In addition to that, she told the tutors about a traditional method of family planning by using the calendar.  The tutors asked a lot of questions and Dorah explained very clearly and patiently.  Madam Dorah finished the session by giving a lot of content and advice to the tutors to help them choose the best methods of family planning which will be easy for them to use.

Finally, she summarized about how a woman should check up on herself to see if she has breast cancer or not and gave a wider chance to teachers to share their ideas on what they know about breast cancer.  But there was not enough time, so there should be a continuation session about breast and cervical cancers because they are very serious problems facing many women in Tanzania nowadays.  Our staff should be given knowledge on how to prevent them.  The tutors were eager waiting to hear about it but the time was not enough to present it all.”