245625 Improved women's health and birth control

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:54 AM

Jalal Ghaemghami, PhD , School of Public Health, Walden University, Boston, MA
Farzaneh Afsharnia, Regional Director , Central Health Service of Greater Tabriz, Family Planning Center, Tabriz, Iran
Jamal Ghaemmaghami-Hazaveh, MS , Nutrition Department, Tabriz Medical Science University, Tabriz, Iran
The complex social and cultural aspect of women's health in a large metropolitan area within developing countries necessitates health education, family planning, child health and maternal care. Advancing and enhancing women's health reduces future costs of health care and improves child health. This report provides information on implementation and management of family planning project conducted by a regional office that has a proven success story. The office provided four types of birth control services, as explained in the study, at 52 surrounding towns in the greater Tabriz metro area. Family planning office report includes data from 49 of those towns for over five years, self reporting survey was conducted each year. Data was validated using statistical methods and showed over 85% reliability. Appropriate methods like EPI-info were utilized in data analysis. Result indicates an increase from 63.6% to 67.8% for use of modern methods over the five years. Initially, 22.7% and 19% of clients reported use of modern and HUD methods, respectively. After five years of providing education and monitoring, 23% used IUD and only 19% used medication for birth control. These changes are significant and indicate efficacy of family planning strategies that will be presented. Overall, increase in use of the modern approach to birth control reduced use of other methods with known side effects, enhanced health among clients. The program by a regional family planning organization was successfully implemented to improve knowledge about and utilization of the safe and modern methods among all clients from 49 towns.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the unique organizational approach to improve women's health Describe cultural and financial barriers in birth control programs Formulate a culturally aware approach to stabilize attainability

Keywords: Women's Health, Family Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct the center
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.