3146.0 Increasing Access to Reproductive Health Services through Community Initiatives

Monday, October 27, 2008: 10:30 AM
This session present research demonstrating that the involvement of community level workers increases birth spacing knowledge and use, and that community-based health workers provide service that are of equal or better quality than clinicians. The first presentation will discuss data from India where community- level interventions for safe medication abortion services were tested. The second paper focuses on Guinea where the CPR is only 6%, but religious barriers have limited family planning access. The effectiveness of engaging religious leaders to reach women and their partners with family planning services will be discussed. Data from operations research in India will be presented suggesting that community health workers were more effective than facility-level workers in reaching first-time family planning users with the Standard Days Method® (SDM). The final presentation in the US presents the results of an innovative program providing the SDM to Somali refugees, which resulted in high acceptance and continuation.
Session Objectives: 1. Discuss the importance of community health workers and their role in FP services. 2. Analyze the difficult situation of religious biases and how to work with religious leaders to alleviate them. 3. Describe the importance of SDM and its impact of Somali refugees.

10:30 AM
Culturally appropriate family planning methods: Counseling Somali refugee women about CycleBeads
Heather Burkland, MPH candidate, Diana DuBois, MPH, MIA and Sagal Isse
10:50 AM
Community level is where it's at! Expanding access to safe medication abortion in rural Jharkhand, India
Sushanta Kumar Banerjee, PhD, Alyson G. Hyman, MPH, Bela Ganatra, MD and Sangeeta Batra, MD
11:10 AM
It takes a village: Community workers increase birth spacing knowledge and use in India
Rebecka Lundgren, MPH, Priya Jha, MA and Katherine Lavoie, MPH

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Organized by: Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by: Community Health Workers SPIG, Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing