This Research Report describes an intervention study conducted among married adolescent girls aged 15–19 years in four urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Objectives of the study were to examine the acceptability and feasibility of forming married adolescent girls’ clubs, and involving community health volunteers (Shasthya Skebikas) and marriage registrars to increase access to family planning (FP) information and services, to promote the uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, and to provide FP information to newlywed couples at the time of marriage registration. The study findings revealed that a noteworthy number of married adolescent girls received FP-related information, mostly from the married adolescent girls’ clubs and Shasthya Skebikas, that had significant effects in their reproductive lives. Results indicated that the capability of the married adolescent girls that was developed through the study interventions can assist them to overcome family planning and unintended pregnancy-related knowledge and service gaps in the future.
Akhter Huda, Fauzia, Hassan Rushekh Mahmood, Sadia Afrin, Anisuddin Ahmed, Nafis Al Haque, and Bidhan Krishna Sarker. 2017. "Expanding access to integrated family planning intervention packages for married adolescent girls in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh," STEP UP Research Report. Dhaka: icddr.b.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)
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