239221 Impact of men's involvement to promote family planning at the community level in Senegal

Monday, October 31, 2011: 11:30 AM

Diaguily Koita, MD , Health Program, Plan Senegal, Dakar, Senegal
Marieme Diallo , Health Program, Plan Senegal, Dakar, Senegal
Neha Kuber, MPH , Field Program Support, Plan International USA, Washington DC, DC
BACKGROUND - The 2005 Demographic Health Survey from Senegal found an infant mortality rate (IMR) of 61 per 1000 live births and a fertility rate of 5.3 children per women. The project's baseline found that 50% of deliveries in the program area experienced complications and the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) among women was 17%. THE PROJECT Since 2006, Plan International, a child-centered humanitarian organization, is implementing a five year project to improve rural communities' access to health care by expanding the range of health services available at the community level. This study explored the impact of male involvement in family planning to increase the CPR. The pilot study reached 1300 inhabitants of the Mboss community, and targeted 400 men. In addition to strategies focusing on women, messages promoting involvement of men in family planning were advocated to religious leaders, who disseminated them through community members and radio programs held in the communities. RESULTS After three years of implementation, 60% of women are now being involved in family planning decisions and the CPR exceeds 60%. Male involvement has contributed to all deliveries in the program area occurring without complications and the IMR has fallen to 0 per 1000 live births. CONSEQUENCES As a result of the pilot, the Ministry of Health plans to implement these strategies across the country. The involvement of men has also led to women's voices now being heard by the government, which is considering women's request for injectable contraceptives at the community level.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1.Demonstrate the effectiveness of male involvement in interventions to promote family planning at the community level

Keywords: Family Planning, Community Participation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee health programs in Senegal for the organization Plan International Senegal
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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