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Understanding men's support of family planning and abortion in Northern Ghana

Heather Marlow, Ipas, 2015

Project abstract

Family planning use in Northern Ghana is low compared to other regions of the country, and maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion is high. Despite evidence showing the importance of involving men in reproductive health education and decisionmaking in Ghana, few programs have done so.

Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) and qualitative methods, we seek to understand what motivates men to support their partners to use family planning or seek an abortion, to evaluate the quality of information men are receiving about family planning and abortion, to learn why men rely on withdrawal as a primary family planning method, and to understand how traditional and religious beliefs influence men's support for family planning and abortion. Ipas and Northern Sector Action on Awareness Centre (NORSAAC) will engage with four communities in CBPR in Upper East and Upper West provinces.

The findings of this research are expected to advance how family planning and comprehensive abortion care are promoted to men and ultimately improve men's and women's use of these services. Understanding why men do or do not support their partner's family planning use, as well as how to create family planning messages that resonate with men, could be crucial to increasing the modern contraceptive prevalence in Ghana.

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