My involvement with FP is started in 2012 when I was hired by Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu as Program Officer. Within 2 years, I was promoted to lead a team performing advocacy to a number of districts under the AFP program. I, and of course with my colleagues, adapt AFP general strategy to suit the specific condition of each area while still maintaining the advocacy objective, i.e. increasing financial investment in and political commitment to family planning. As the team leader, I provide guidance and supervision to our local staff ensuring they apply the strategy and work closely with local decission makers and champions. The AFP program itself aims to revitalize country Family Planning program and is conducted in a total of 157 districts within 11 provinces.
I am a mother of two children and have decided not to have more by using a birth-control method I comfort with. In this way, I can still balance my professional life with my children-raising responsibility. I want all mothers to have the same opportunity as me. I want them to be able to freely choose any method they want. Especially to those women living in difficult and remote areas. Family planning may allow them having a chance for a better life and to contribute to the community.
The biggest challenge is to maintain commitment of the local government. Very difficult for them to keep the same intensity. Not to mention, the changing of government staff which is inevitable. Good communication and sinergy are the key to overcome the challenge. I also make sure all stakeholders aware of our main principle. i.e. the family planning program is ours together. By involving supports from all stakeholders – community and religious leaders, all parties can play its role.
The fact that there are more than 500 districts in Indonesia. Each district leaders are key and have authority over how health budgets are made and how local programs are run. Progress will not happen unless local leaders at the district level actively support family planning. Through AFP, we have seen more progress, e.g. increased commitment in policy and budgeting. With this success, we are partnering with the Indonesian government to expand our advocacy approach.
I want to have a refined advocacy strategy and apply it in other activities or in more areas, in Indonesia as well as other countries. I and my team have learned a lot from our field experiences in recent years. We are sure that we can systematically use those to improve our strategy and approaches. Personally, I want to have a chance to work outside Indonesia. Contributing to the global effort in improving access of FP information and services.