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This poster was presented by Elia Fernandes and Antonia Mesquita at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, Rwanda in November 2018.
USAID’s Reinforce Basic Health Services Project, implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) addresses declining availability and use of modern family planning (FP) services. When the program began in 2016, a significant proportion of women were not well-informed about side effects or method options available to them. Myths and misconceptions about the benefits of FP, gender roles, religion, and cultural and other belief systems all affect demand for FP. Using a comprehensive social and behavior change approach at both the individual and facility level, community and system interventions were held. They developed five short films and held community discussion groups to improve knowledge of FP methods and their benefits. They also worked with communities to develop action plans to improve community access to FP services.