This operations research study sought to determine an effective communication-based model for increasing the involvement of community-based groups in improving access to and use of reproductive health services and information by young married couples. The study employed a quasi-experimental design with two experimental and two nonequivalent control groups in the Udaypur district of Nepal. As stated in this report, this OR study clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of communication-based models such as the formation and reactivation of Youth Communication Action Groups and Mother’s groups, basic and refresher training, group interaction and mobilization, and social events in creating an enabling environment for young married couples to learn and interact about sexual and reproductive health issues. The increase in reproductive health-related knowledge and practice among young married women has been high in both experimental areas. However, changes in the practice of family planning and antenatal care have not shown consistent trends probably because of the conflict situation in the project sites during the implementation phase.
Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA). 2004. "Determining an effective and replicable communication-based mechanisms for improving young couples' access to and use of reproductive health information and services in Nepal—An operations research study," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Frontiers in Reproductive Health