Assessing the impact of introducing the Standard Days Method of family planning in India, Peru and Rwanda

Marcos Arevalo, Georgetown University
Victoria Jennings, Georgetown University
Priya Jha, Georgetown University
Rebecka I. Lundgren, Georgetown University
Marie Mukabatsinda, Awareness Project- Rwanda
Luisa Sacieta, Georgetown University
Irit Sinai, Georgetown University
Trinity Zan, Georgetown University

Decision makers often question the impact of introducing a new family planning method. We tested the effect of introducing the Standard Days Method (SDM) in India, Peru, and Rwanda on contraceptive prevalence, method switching and quality of counseling. The SDM, a fertility awareness method identifying days 8-19 of the menstrual cycle as fertile, was introduced into government facilities in 2004. Service statistics were collected from intervention and control clinics for 21 months; three rounds of mystery client visits were made to these clinics; pre- and post-test community surveys were conducted. Adoption of family planning methods increased in intervention sites. Most women choosing SDM had not previously used contraception (Peru 61%; India 87%, Rwanda 96%). Knowledge about SDM increased post-intervention. Providers adequately offered SDM in all sites and encouraged dual protection in Rwanda intervention sites. We conclude that introducing the SDM into services can strengthen family planning programs.

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Presented in Poster Session 2