Utilizing Social and Behavior Change Communication as a Means of Improving Acceptance and Uptake of Post-Partum IUD Insertion for Women of Reproductive Age in Oyo State, Nigeria


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Oyo state is the 5th most populous state in Nigeria with a contraceptive prevalence rate of 24.5 and total unmet need for family planning of 15.2. One of the objectives of the Women’s Health Project was increasing access to contraceptives in order to improve these indices.

Post Partum Intra Uterine Device (PPIUD) insertion provides an opportunity for women to have access to safe and effective long acting reversible contraceptive within 48 hours after delivery.

Despite the advantage that this method provides and the training of appropriate personnel to provide this service, uptake of the PPIUD was still very low.

To increase access to PPIUD method the Women’s Health Project (WHP) trained family planning providers in selected Health Care Facilities across Oyo State, including the use of a communication campaign which was included in the training curriculum in 2015.