In 2020, the manufacturing sector in Egypt represented 28% of employment with a total of 3.6 million workers, many of whom were women of childbearing age. Like other Egyptians, female and male workers in the manufacturing sector possess misconceptions about family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) and have unmet need for FP. Between 2017 and 2019, the Population Council implemented an intervention for integrating FP into workers’ health programs in eight factories in Port Said governate through the USAID-funded Evidence Project. The intervention relied on peer education along with social media and information, education, and communication materials. An assessment of the intervention showed great acceptability by factory workers and managers and potential for addressing workers’ unmet need for FP information. Starting in 2020, the USAID-funded “Strengthening Egypt’s Family Planning Program” (SEFPP) implemented an awareness-raising intervention in factory settings in Cairo and Upper Egypt governorates building on the peer-education model. SEFPP has extended its activities to increase contraception uptake in 21 governorates in Egypt. This brief presents results of a mixed-methods evaluation of SEFPP’s peer-education program. It also provides recommendations for designing peer-led interventions to increase awareness of and demand for FP services in workplace settings.
Abdel-Tawab, Nahla G., Reham Abou El-Fadl, Aparna Jain, and Noha El-Khorazaty. 2022. “Family planning in factory settings: A mixed-method evaluation of a peer-led intervention,” research brief. Cairo: Population Council.
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