The Population Council’s USAID-funded Frontiers in Reproductive Health (FRONTIERS) program, in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population and the NGO Social Planning, Analysis and Administration Consultants, conducted an operations research study to measure the acceptability and effectiveness of two birth spacing message models in Upper Egypt. Overall, the study found that providing birth spacing messages to low-parity women during antenatal and postpartum care and also to husbands through community awareness activities was feasible and acceptable. As a result, birth spacing messages have been integrated into service delivery guidelines for antenatal and postpartum care, and IEC materials on birth spacing and postpartum use of contraception have been produced and widely disseminated. The report includes a number of policy recommendations for fostering linkages between family planning and maternal/child health services.
Abdel-Tawab, Nahla G., Sarah Loza, and Amal Zaki. 2008. "Helping Egyptian women achieve optimal birth spacing intervals through fostering linkages between family planning and maternal/child health services," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Frontiers in Reproductive Health