Testing a Service-Delivery Model for Offering Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods to Youth in Ethiopia

DateOctober 31, 2017
SourceEvidence to Action

To help address the unmet demand for contraception among Ethiopian youth, E2A, in collaboration with the Integrated Family Health Program Plus (IFHP+), tested a model that strengthened family planning service delivery at youth-friendly service sites by readying the sites to provide adolescents and youth full contraceptive choice including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The study was implemented at 10 intervention and 10 non-equivalent comparison study sites in Amhara and Tigray regions. The model tested was:

  • Competency-based skills training on LARCs insertion, removal and infection control, including dispelling myths and misconceptions on safety and effectiveness of LARCs for youth.
  • Refresher training for peer educators to counsel (dispel myths and misconceptions) clients on safety and effectiveness of LARCs and refer them for services.
  • Data quality supervision and mentoring on data collection by IFHP+  staff.
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Ethiopia Long-acting and permanent methods Pathfinder International Service Delivery & Quality United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Youth-friendly services