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Barriers to Family Planning Use in Malawi: Opportunities for Social and Behavior Change Communication

Publication Date: 
04/01/2012

Barriers to Family Planning Use MalawiC-Change commissioned this research study on the socio-cultural context in which family planning (FP) decisions and fertility behaviors take place in Malawi. The study had two broad and interrelated objectives:

1. Identify factors that facilitate or constrain the use of modern FP methods in Malawi
2. Assess the availability and use of FP communication materials in health facilities
 
This study was conducted to generate evidence to inform the development of effective social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategies and interventions to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and the uptake of modern FP methods in Malawi.
 
The study was conducted in five districts in Malawi: Lilongwe, Mzimba, Dedza, Machinga, and Thyolo. Urban populations were sampled in Lilongwe and rural populations were sampled in all five districts.
 
The study findings highlight that while progress in FP knowledge and use has been made in study communities, there are several opportunities for SBCC interventions and other FP programs to improve FP acceptance and use.

 

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