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Effectiveness of NURHI2 Outreaches in Improving Uptake of LARC Methods

Adeola O. Duduyemi, Johns Hopkins Centre for Communication Programs, NURHI2, Nigeria
Temitope Erinfolami, Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative 2
Saratu Olabode-Ojo, Johns Hopkins Centre for Communication Programs, NURHI2, Nigeria

Evidence suggests that short-acting contraceptives are the most preferred among contraceptive users in Nigeria perhaps owing to their perceived minimal side effects. Given a generally low rate of modern contraceptive prevalence (9.8%), the use of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) is believed to be pivotal in increasing contraceptive prevalence, but its uptake has remained low. Barriers to uptake of LARC include lack of knowledge, shortage of trained providers, cost of consumables and stock out of commodities. However, an also important barrier is the presence of myths and misconceptions about LARC among prospective users of contraceptive. We conducted outreaches to dispel myths and misconceptions across 36 health facilities over a 12 month period and recorded an increase in the median uptake of LARC from 6.5% to 13.5%. We conclude that family planning outreaches are important and providers should be supported through training to ensure the effectiveness of outreaches.

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  Presented in Session 22. Interventions and Programs to Improve Family Planning Access among the Underserved, Internally Displaced and the Most at-Risk Populations (MARPs)