The Optimal Birth Spacing Initiative (OBSI) was created under the auspices of USAID to place optimal birth spacing on the global leadership priority agenda. As part of this initiative, Advance Africa documented a pilot intervention to introduce the new spacing message in Mozambique. The FRONTIERS program of the Population Council collaborated with Advance Africa providing technical input, and assistance in the conceptualization of intervention design and evaluation. This paper was written to inform Advance Africa’s efforts in Mozambique and includes a short review of correlates of birth intervals; a presentation of results from analysis of Mozambique-DHS 1997 data that identify subpopulations that may benefit from optimal birth spacing messages; and implications of the findings. The report concludes that OBSI is a mechanism that can contribute to the goal of reducing maternal and infant mortality and lays out some ideas and options for policymakers, service providers, and communities to consider.
RamaRao, Saumya, John Townsend, and Ian Askew. 2006. "Correlates of inter-birth intervals: Implications of optimal birth spacing strategies in Mozambique," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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