The Effect of Reproductive Health Communication Interventions on Age at Marriage and First Birth in Rural Bihar, India
This paper describes the results of a survey of participants in an adolescent education program implemented by the PRACHAR project in rural Bihar. The intervention aimed to increase age at marriage and first birth. Results from the survey show that the median age at marriage for females and for males was higher than in a comparison group, and the likelihood of having a first birth by the time of the survey was lower. Culturally appropriate, community-based communication programs that target unmarried adolescents and the people who influence their decisions can increase women’s age at marriage and age at first birth and contraceptive use among newly-married and low parity couples.
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The purpose of the Working Paper Series is to disseminate work in progress by Pathfinder International staff on critical issues of population, reproductive health, and development.
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Assessment of the Quality of Antenatal Care Services Provided by Health Workers using a Mobile Phone Decision Support Application in Northern Nigeria
A pre/post intervention study assessing the effect of introducing a mobile case management and decision support application for antenatal care on the quality of antenatal care services provided in 10 primary health centers in Abuja and Nasawara, northern Nigeria.