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  • Aiding Health Workers in Explaining Family Planning

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    Family planning saves lives, yet it is often neglected in areas affected by conflict or disaster. According to research the Women’s Refugee Commission conducted in five countries: DjiboutiJordanKenyaMalaysia and Uganda, access to and use of family planning tends to be even lower among refugees than among those living in surrounding communities.  One fundamental reason for this is that refugee and other displaced people are not aware of modern contraceptive methods. Many of those we interviewed, particularly in rural settings, did not know about these methods and how spacing children can benefit them and help them plan their futures.

    Most of the health facilities we visited and community health workers we met did not have information, education and communications materials to share with refugees on family planning. To address this, we have developed informational materials using pictures that clearly explain how family planning works, what its benefits are and where it can be obtained. These materials can be adapted to different cultural contexts. The universal templates we created allow staff in family planning programs to draw in features, such as hair and clothing, to contextualize the images to their setting. We have also developed "variation templates" in four broad ethnic categories. The graphics have been adapted from existing materials that were created and tested by our colleague agencies and organizations. We will be working with local partners who will distribute these materials in Djibouti, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia and Uganda.

    Learn more about our work to improve family planning services in areas affected by humanitarian crisis.