Stimulating Demand for Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in Zimbabwe | Nancy Padian, UC Berkeley
In Zimbabwe, less than three percent of women use LARC methods leading to high rates of unintended pregnancy often with adverse consequences for women and families such as decreased education and employment opportunities.
Major barriers to the uptake of LARC methods include:
- Lack of awareness and misconceptions among women
- Inadequate or lack of provider training
This pilot research project evaluates the impact of a community-based intervention to increase LARC uptake in Population Services International, Zimbabwe (PSI/Z) clinics. The intervention is modeled after a similar program in Zambia that utilized hairdressers to educate women about female condoms. Hairdressers will be randomly assigned to one of three groups and trained to discuss LARC methods with their clients. The comparison group will consist of areas in which no hairdressers are involved in the intervention.
Administrative data from PSI/Z clinics will be used to determine LARC uptake and new client visits. Researchers will then compare results from the different groups to determine the most effective method to increase LARC uptake, and design a full scale evaluation of that method.
Study ongoing, results forthcoming (2013 – )