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Access to Family Planning Services in Rural Tanzania

The study concluded that family planning services are generally available. However, the range of options available to users at the primary healthcare level tends to be limited, which limits the ability of users to switch methods. The proper manageme…

Costs And Benefits Of Investing In Contraceptive Services In Sub-Saharan Africa

"In this fact sheet, the health benefits of contraceptive use are substantial. Contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the number of abortions, allow women to time their births, and lower the incidence of death and disability related t…

Abortion And Unintended Pregnancy In Kenya

"In 2010, Kenya adopted a new constitution that explicitly permits abortion when there is need, in the opinion of a trained health professional, for emergency treatment; if the life or health of the woman is in danger; or if it is permitted under an…

Drivers of Progress in Increasing Contraceptive Use in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Eastern and Southern Africa

"This policy brief documents the policy and program drivers that have propelled the impeccable progress in increasing or stalling contraceptive use in these five countries. Lessons from these countries can galvanize commitment to FP and propel simil…

Investments in Family Planning will Stimulate Socio-economic Development in Africa

"During the last decade or so research evidence has emerged to demonstrate the invaluable role that family planning (FP) plays in enhancing maternal and child health, improving environmental preservation, reducing poverty, and enhancing broad socio-…

Renewed Efforts to Meet Women’s Reproductive Health Needs Required to Address Stagnation in Family Planning Use in Eastern and Western Africa

"The paper on which this brief is based used data of trends in readiness, willingness, ability, and contraceptive use in Africa from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs), which provide highly standardized and nationally representative informati…

Rapid Assessment of the Status of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Linkages and Integration in Lesotho

"HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) policy and programmes have been historically established, funded, and implemented vertically. But over the last decade or so years, the need to link and integrate HIV/AIDS and SRH responses has been…

The Role of Political Will and Commitment in Improving Access to Family Planning in Africa

"A few countries in Eastern and Southern Africa - namely Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda - have demonstrated a new wave of optimism and made good progress in addressing barriers of access to modern contraception over the past decade or so. Further, pro…

Assessment of Drivers of Progress in Increasing Contraceptive use in sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies from Eastern and Southern Africa

"Despite the immense health, environmental and economic growth benefits from use of modern family planning (FP) methods, recent estimates published by Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA in June 2012 present that only 17% (36 million) of married women in…

Africa on the Move! The Role of Political Will and Commitment in Improving Access to Family Planning in Africa

"Despite commitments to the program of action for the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and MDG 5 (focused on maternal and reproductive health), little progress has been made in improving access to family planning an…

Dual Method Use among Young People in Kenya

Young people represent a diverse population with unique family planning needs and practices. These practices include use of contraceptive methods to prevent both unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV; this is…

Male Partner Engagement in Contraceptive Choice Among Young People in Kenya

In qualitative interviews conducted by the Full Access, Full Choice project, female respondents’ perceptions of male engagement were largely shaped by relationship status. Couples who were dating or in casual relationships sought primarily to preven…

Understanding Factors Influencing Access and Choice of Contraceptives among Young People in Migori

In August 2019, the project undertook qualitative in-depth interviews with 32 female youth ages 18-24 years in Migori, Mombasa, and Nairobi to better understand factors that affect young people’s ability to have full access and choice on contracepti…

Influences of Contraceptive Choice for Young People in Mombassa

Young people represent a diverse population with different family planning needs and thus different influencers, knowledge levels and barriers to use. Understanding the experiences of young people in Mombasa will help policymakers and program implem…

Influencers and Barriers to Contraceptive Method Choice among Young Women in Nairobi County

In August 2019, the project undertook qualitative in-depth interviews with 32 female youth ages 18-24 years in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Migori, to better understand factors that affect their ability to have full access and choice on contraception. Data…

Addressing Low Use of Contraceptives among Adolescents and Youth in Wajir County

Use of modern contraceptives in Wajir County in particular, and the North Eastern region of Kenya in general, is very low. Understanding the reasons for low uptake of contraceptives among women of reproductive age will help policymakers and program …

Factors Influencing Full Access and Choice of Contraception among Young Women in West Pokot

Use of modern contraceptives among adolescents and youth in West Pokot County is much lower than the national average for Kenya. Understanding the reasons for low uptake of contraceptives among young women in the county will help policymakers and pr…

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