The purpose of this study was to strengthen community strategies to improve quality-of-care services first implemented as part of a Bolivian Ministry of Health and Prevention and World Health Organization (WHO) project in 1997–98. To reach groups that do not regularly attend health facilities and improve community demand for services, the Centro de Información y Desarrollo de la Mujer (Center for Information and Development of Women) implemented a community education intervention focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights targeting adolescents, men, and women with older or no children. Results showed that the interventions improved access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services in these populations. They also increased beneficiaries’ reproductive health knowledge, and improved client attitudes and satisfaction with services. Researchers found that efforts to increase knowledge of and demand for reproductive health services must be accompanied by service-strengthening measures.
Castro Mantilla, Maria Dolores and Mariel Loayza. 2004. "Evaluation of community education interventions in sexual and reproductive health services in urban-marginal areas of La Paz, Bolivia," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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