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Testing a Service-Delivery Model for Offering LARC Methods to Youth in Ethiopia

To help address the unmet demand for contraception among Ethiopian youth, E2A, in collaboration with the Integrated Family Health Program Plus (IFHP+), tested a model that strengthened family planning service delivery at youth-friendly service sites by readying the sites to provide adolescents and youth full contraceptive choice including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The study was implemented at 10 intervention and 10 non-equivalent comparison study sites in Amhara and Tigray regions. The model tested was:

  1. Competency-based skills training on LARCs insertion, removal and infection control, including dispelling myths and misconceptions on safety and effectiveness of LARCs for youth.
  2. Refresher training for peer educators to counsel (dispel myths and misconceptions) clients on safety and effectiveness of LARCs and refer them for services.
  3. Data quality supervision and mentoring on data collection by IFHP+  staff.

This study report concludes that the combined effect of the tested service delivery model successfully achieved the program’s primary objective: increasing LARCs uptake among female adolescents and youth.

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