Using the results of a previous operations research study, the Ministry of Health of Honduras recently changed the National Women’s Health Service Delivery Guidelines to explicitly authorize nurse auxiliaries to insert IUDs, deliver Depo-Provera, and take Pap smears. These services are new to the rural communities served by rural health centers (RHCs). The objective of this project was to test whether the demand for these newly introduced services would increase if a promotional brochure was distributed in the surrounding communities by the RHC’s clients among potentially interested friends in these communities. The study found that the intervention that was tested can be replicated on a larger scale and is both low-cost and effective in the short term, as shown by the increase in demand for the three new services after implementing the promotion strategy. The strategy was particularly effective in bringing in new IUD and Depo-Provera users, the long-term contraceptive options introduced to the rural communities where the intervention took place.
Mendoza, Irma and Ricardo Vernon. 2001. "Promoting reproductive health services in rural communities in Honduras," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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