The Marge Roper Counselling Service
The NFPB offers a call-in (968-1619, 968-1634), walk-in and write-in (Contact Us or Facebook) counselling service managed by a trained nurse/counsellor at our office on Sylvan Avenue. The Counselling Service targets persons in the reproductive age group, providing them with easy access to information and counselling on Family Planning and Family Life Education (FP/FLE) issues. Persons wishing a private, confidential and personal session with the counsellor can just walk into the office as well from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday. The counsellor also maintains a referral system with appropriate agencies within the country, in order to cater to the needs of clients that the NFPB counselling service cannot address. Referrals are made for the following services – antenatal care, receipt of contraceptives not issued at the NFPB, contraceptive counselling at special youth-friendly clinics, Sexually Transmitted Infection/HIV counselling and testing, general counselling, child welfare, skills training/education, domestic violence, drug abuse, sexual abuse and other services.
“Ask Marge” Radio Programme
The NFPB also provides outreach services through the media, via the “Ask Marge” radio programme. On this programme, areas of Reproductive Health are discussed by the Family Planning Counsellor.
Marge Roper Column
The NFPB’s Family Planning Counsellor also has a “Marge Roper column” which comes out in the Jamaica Star every two weeks (fortnightly) on a Friday. Through this column, the Family Planning Counsellor is able to answer questions that clients may have based on letters that she received, as well as discuss other Reproductive Health issues that are of importance to clients.