AMMAN — The national plan for reproductive health and family planning achieved “positive outcomes” in the second half of last year, Raeda Qutob, secretary general of the Higher Population Council (HPC), said on Tuesday. 

“More than 69 per cent of the expected outputs of the plan were met between May and December 2011. We encountered some delays. But the delays were mainly due to financial and administrative obstacles,” Qutob said at a meeting with representatives of several governmental and non-governmental bodies.  

The plan, which is a joint effort between the HPC and several local and international implementing partners, started in August 2008 with the aim of improving reproductive health and family planning services and accordingly enhancing the general health of women and children in Jordan.

Qutob urged donors and partners to focus on building sustainability when designing reproductive health projects.   

“We suggest that donors consider plans for sustainability before the beginning of the project. Otherwise, it would be very difficult to achieve sustainability after ending the project,” she added. 

An evaluation report of activities between May and December 2011 recommended working with religious leaders and preachers to raise awareness of reproductive health in Jordan. 

At the meeting, Qutob emphasised the significant role the media play in raising awareness on reproductive health.

A new national plan for the years 2013-2015 is being designed with the participation of local partners and should be published in November, she said.

Mai Abuhamdiah, a consultant with the HPC, said the new plan would take into consideration differences between different governorates in the Kingdom. 

“We will establish sub-goals to achieve based on the needs of each governorate, rather than building one general national goal,” Abuhamadia said.