Navigation Links
IntraHealth's Family Planning Work in Rwanda Contributes to Near Three-Fold Increase in Contraceptive Use in Only Three Years
Date:6/12/2008

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Preliminary data from a new national survey show a dramatic rise in use of modern contraception among married women in Rwanda, Africa's most densely populated country, from 10% in 2005 to 27% in 2008.

The data are included in a new report -- Family Planning in Rwanda: How a Taboo Topic Became Priority Number One -- published by IntraHealth International, which has collaborated with the Rwandan government and local NGOs since the late 1980s to improve family planning services, among other public health-related work.

"Strong government leadership, better access to a range of contraceptive methods and health workers who are well-trained have contributed to this impressive increase in contraceptive use," says Pape Gaye, IntraHealth's President and CEO. "We are proud to be among the development partners working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health, the Government of Rwanda and the health workforce to make family planning and other health services accessible to the most vulnerable communities."

The preliminary data, from a forthcoming MEASURE Demographic and Health Survey, were released by Rwanda's National Institute of Statistics on May 30. In addition to the gain in modern contraceptive use, the data show a decrease in Rwanda's fertility rate to an average of 5.5 children per woman, down from 6.1. Mortality rates have declined 28% for infants and 32% for children-under-five since 2005.

IntraHealth's Family Planning in Rwanda report, written by Julie Solo and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, notes "the tremendous social and cultural barriers" that family planning advocates have faced, including recovery from the 1994 genocide, a pronatalist culture and religious opposition to family planning. "But in this context," states the report, "President [Paul] Kagame has declared family planning a national priority." The government sees family planning as essential to poverty reduction and overall development as well as improved health.

"The quick extension of family planning services is due to good governance, empowering women's decision making and education... and performance-based programs supported by very strong partnerships with development partners," says Dr. Claude Sekabaraga of Rwanda's Ministry of Health.

IntraHealth is also assisting the Rwandan government to strengthen its health workforce and systems and expand decentralized health care, including community-based HIV and malaria services. IntraHealth's work in Rwanda is primarily funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

For Family Planning in Rwanda: How a Taboo Topic Became Priority Number One and more information on IntraHealth's work in Rwanda: http://www.intrahealth.org/rwandanews.

IntraHealth International mobilizes local talent to create sustainable and accessible health care in developing countries. A not-for-profit organization, IntraHealth has worked in more than 50 countries over the last three decades.


'/>"/>
SOURCE IntraHealth International
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Eatn Park Restaurants - States Largest Family Dining Chain - Congratulates Pennsylvania House and Senate for Passing Smoking Ban
2. Family History Plays Role in Black Colon Screen Rates
3. Family history and screening for colorectal cancer
4. Family Service League Mentor Program Ends with Food for Thought Competition
5. Family History of Alcoholism Puts Student Drinkers at Risk
6. Synthetic molecules hold promise for new family of anti-cancer drugs
7. Family history of colorectal cancer linked with reduced risk of cancer recurrence
8. Family History Might Improve Odds Against Colon Cancer
9. NARSAD researchers identify specific genes and family traits linked to mental illnesses
10. Discovery of new family of genetic mutations involved in inflammatory intestinal disease
11. Chindex and United Family Healthcare Respond to Sichuan Earthquake Disaster
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Western University ... health services to the developmentally disabled in the Coachella Valley. , The two ... new facility at 71-949 Highway 111, Suite 100-B, in Rancho Mirage, California. The ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) within Healthcare, recently partnered with Heart City ... interpreting (VRI). , For nearly 23 years, Heart City Health Center has provided ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... charity program created to assist the local community. Pledging to select a new ... nonprofit organizations in the area. Their goal is to bring community awareness to ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... announces that his office is now offering a variety of comprehensive procedures for ... enhancement, eyebrow lift, facial volume restoration, lip enhancement and nasal reshaping. , ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... will bring together more than 200 of the country’s top healthcare executives to ... , “The true benefit of the Forum is the provider-centric perspective, experience, expertise ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016 PLAD, Inc. (OTC Pink: PLAD) is ... sales exceeding company targets, are adding key personnel to ... from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for ... Executive Officer of PLAD, Inc.  In January, PLAD established ... with two new customers, Cumberland Goodwill EMS ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... February 11, 2016 F ast ... answers at the ... provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has launched ... peer reviewed clinical information via a mobile device. Elsevier designed the mobile ... Nursing. The new app is available in Android and ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Ohio , Feb. 11, 2016  Community pharmacists ... increasing efficiency for the pharmacy through a custom-built medication ... Schieber , pharmacist and owner at Schieber Family ... "We can get a lot of patients enrolled in ... for everybody. It,s a win for the patient, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: