Pohnpei State Government
Department of Health Services
P.O Box 189 | Kolonia, Pohnpei FSM, 96941|
W (691) 320-2216 Ext. 173
M (691) 921-9355



The Department of Health Services Pohnpei State Family Planning Program goals as documented in "Title X Family Planning Program

1. Long Term Goals

• To make Family Planning services available to men, women and adolescents.
• To decrease low birth weight births and high birth rate through child spacing.
• To decrease the percentage of adolescent pregnancies.
• To increase retention of family planning continuing users.
• To decrease fertility rate.

2. Short Term Goal

• To increase the number of family planning users.
• Improve the quality of family planning services
• Accessibility of wide range of acceptable and effective family planning method


• To know target group :

- Females between 15 and 44 years
- High risk group, e.g. mothers with poor obstetric history, acute/chronic disease; parents with multiple health and social problems beyond their abilities to solve.
To know : Current level of coverage of target group accepting birth control methods.

• To identify population likely to be Planning families:

- Population data on target group, e.g. total number of females
15 - 44 years.
- Determine attitudes towards Family Planning.

- Determine knowledge and skills of applying available Family Planning methods.

- Know current socio-economic status of families/communities.

- Obtain data on adolescent groups.

• To educate the community on benefits of family planning by :-

(i) Information leaflets.
(ii) Workshops/activities in schools and communities.
(iii) Referrals to family health Program, e.g. Post Natal Clinics.

• To hold adequate supplies of family planning contraceptives suitable for the target group.

• To monitor progress and acceptance of family planning methods, monthly and annually;

- Number of women protected by methods
- Number of new acceptors by methods
- Number of dropouts
- Number of workshops/activities in communities
- Number of Family Planning supplies given out
- Problems identified

• To sensitively work towards ensuring compliance by :-

(i) Providing services without subjecting individuals to any coercion to accept services or to employ Family Planning methods. Acceptance of services must be on a voluntary basis, and will not be made a prerequisite for eligibility for other services.

(ii) Providing services in a manner which protects the dignity of the individual.

(iii) Providing services without regard to religion, race, color, national origin, handicapped condition, age, and sex, number of pregnancies or marital status.

(iv) Not providing abortions as a method of Family Planning.

(v) Ensuring priority in the provision of services is given to persons from low income families.

(vi) Encouraging family participation in the decision of the minor seeking Family Planning services.

(vii) Providing counselling to minors on how to resist coercive attempts to have them engage in sexual activities

• To maintain an accurate Registry of all Family Planning Clients.

• To track all “at risk” clients to ensure optimum Family Planning Services are provided.



To ensure the Family Planning Program is efficiently managed to enable set goals to be achieved.


• The Family Planning Program is funded under Title X, Region 1X through the FSM government, and the United Nations Family Planning Association (UNFPA) complements the federal program. Funding includes salaries for personnel, fringe benefits, travel, family planning supplies, equipment and educational material.

• The Pohnpei Department of Health Services Family Planning Program is managed by a Family Planning Co-ordinator who is a graduate nurse with specialised training in Family Planning services. The Family Planning Co-ordinator reports to the Chief of Public Health.

• The Program Co-ordinator is assisted at Public Health by a Family Planning Nurse who is a graduate nurse, two certified Community Health Assistants, two certified Practical Nurses and 10 Community Health Assistants (CHA) who work in the 10 communities/dispensaries on Pohnpei proper and outer islands.

• The Program Co-ordinator assesses the needs of target groups, sets goals, plans strategies, implements actions and evaluates outcomes.

• The Family Planning Program is implemented in:-

1. The Public Health Clinic

2. Community Health Center (CHC)

3. Outreach education activities and programs in all 5 dispensaries on Pohnpei proper (Pohnlangas, Lukop, Sokehs, Wone)

4. Health Care Centers/Dispensaries in the Outer Islands.
(Pingelap, Mwoakil, Sapwuafik, Nukuoro, Kapingamarangi, Orluk, Pakin)