Last week, over 3,300 delegates from 120 countries traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). This year’s theme was “Full Access, Full Choice.” Lwala Community Alliance’s Kenya Deputy Program Director Mercy Owuor represented Lwala with a poster presentation titled, “Nearing 100%- Successfully generating demand for maternal and reproductive health services in Migori County, Kenya.” The presentation focused on Lwala’s maternal and child health program, which trains traditional birth attendants and community members Community Health Workers (CHWs). Lwala’s CHWs have proved to be an effective strategy for increasing the uptake of skilled birth attendance and family planning.
Additionally, Lwala was featured in a recent Girls’ Globe article for ICFP titled: Family Planning: 3 Barriers Only Women Understand. In the article, Ash Rogers of partner organization Segal Family Foundation writes, “Lwala has integrated family planning throughout their hospital with family planning services available at every intake point […] 62 community health workers counsel women in their own homes, dispel common myths on sexual and reproductive health, and help women find the method that works for them. Lwala also [targets] youth with family planning education and information on available services. Since these programs began, Lwala has seen an increase in the average number of monthly family planning visits from 93 to 150. And, despite widely believed myths in the community about long-term methods (implants and IUDs), the number of women receiving long-term methods has more than doubled in the last 6 months.” You may read the full article here.
Finally, Lwala Deputy Program Director Mercy Owuor wrote a blog in response to her participation in the conference that can also be read on the Girls’ Globe website here.
We are grateful for the chance to share our lessons on the ground to further access to successful family planning.
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