|Where Women Have No Doctor - A Health Guide for Women (Hesperian Foundation, 1997, 600 p.)|
|Chapter 13: Family Planning|
Sometimes a woman would like to space her children or limit the number she has, but cannot use family planning. This can happen because:
· she cannot get the information about different methods.
· some family planning methods are not easily available or cost too much for the family to afford.
· there are no womens health or family planning services nearby, or the local health worker is not trained to provide family planning services.
· religious beliefs forbid the use of family planning.
· a womans husband does not agree to use family planning.
Here are some things that groups of people can do to make family planning services more available to all women in the community, and to encourage the use of family planning:
· Provide education. Make information about family planning available to everyone - boys and girls as well as women and men. Education programs can show the benefits of family planning and help couples choose the best methods for them. Perhaps you can lead discussions with women or couples about their concerns and experiences related to family planning. Include information about preventing STDs and HIV/AIDS when you talk about family planning.
As you talk about family planning in your community, it helps to remember and remind others that family planning is important to improve not just womens health and well being, but the health and quality of life of everyone in your community.