Effect of community-based reproductive health communication interventions on contraceptive use among married couples in Bihar, India
Author(s)/Editor(s): Elkan E. Daniel, Rekha Masilamani and Mizanur Rahman
Publisher/Organizer: Pathfinder International
Publication date: December 2008
Pathfinder International's authors Elkan E. Daniel, Rekha Masilamani and Mizanur Rahman report on the changes in family planning attitudes, knowledge, and behavior among young women in three districts of Bihar, India, since the implementation of Pathfinder/India’s PRACHAR project. Notable results include an increase in contraceptive use among young married women in intervention areas from 4% to 21% and a 40% increase in demand for contraception. The authors conclude that culturally appropriate, community-based programs that promote family planning services that target youth and those who influence their decisions can create demand for contraception among young couples and lead to increased contraceptive use.