This document presents the results of an operations research project implemented by the Ministry of Health in Honduras with technical and administrative assistance from the Population Council’s Frontiers in Reproductive Health (FRONTIERS) program, ASHONPLAFA, and EngenderHealth, and funding from USAID. The project tested a strategy to inform communities about the availability of the IUD in nearby health centers and about the method’s most salient attributes. The main conclusion is that communication of messages about a specific contraceptive method, while also communicating messages about other contraceptive methods, through printed materials (flyers, brochures, and posters) and interpersonal messages (individual talks and counseling) by staff of health centers and volunteers in the community is effective in increasing demand for the method. The results also show that the strategy was effective in reaching those who live farther away from the health facilities and who have greater unmet needs for family planning.
Flores, Ivo Flores, Elida Rosa Aguilar Fonseca, Rosa Merlen Flores, Ricardo Vernon, Jorge Solorzano, Suyapa Pavón, Marco Tulio Falck, and Alba Lidia Sanchez. 2007. "Increasing use of the IUD through community and clinic based education activities in rural Honduras," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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