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Using traditional birth attendants to increase access to family planning services in select communities in Northern Nigeria

Fatima Mamman-Daura, Pathfinder International
Sada DanMusa
Murtala Mai, Pathfinder International
Lawan Gana, Pathfinder International

Pathfinder International, with funding from the Packard Foundation has implemented a three- year project in seven states of northern Nigeria aimed at increasing access to Family Planning services in underserved communities. Select Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) were identified and trained on family planning counseling, provision of non-prescriptive contraceptives and infection control. This paper examines the role of the trained TBAs in improving service uptake as part of a strategy of the project using pre and post implementation information. Family Planning service uptake through the TBAs increased and a majority of their clients were satisfied with the services they received. The TBAs have been empowered and referral linkages between outreach workers, TBAs and community health facilities have been strengthened. The community-focused strategy employed has increased access to family planning services in the intervention communities and is likely to achieve better results if a more holistic approach is employed in implementation.

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Presented in Poster Session 2