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Communicating Family Planning in Reproductive Health
by WHO

Preface: Family planning benefits the health and well-being of women, children, families, and communities and is a key component of sexual and reproductive health services. It is essential that women and men have access to family planning information and services that enable them to choose freely the number and spacing of their children. Communicating the benefits of family planning to individuals, communities, and policy makers is the first step in making services more accessible. Family planning in reproductive health synthesizes the lessons learned from years of research and experience of family planning programmes around the world. These key messages and the information that supports them can be used to help stimulate discussion and develop effective communication strategies Increase awareness that family planning saves the lives of women and children and brings many benefits to the community Enhance the ability of couples and individuals to exercise their basic right to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children. Encourage action to improve the quality and accessibility of family planning services Change attitudes or beliefs about the safety of contraceptives and about the advantages of proper birth spacing. Change behaviour and prevent major reproductive health problems sucha s STIs, unwanted pregnancy, and high-risk pregnancy.

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Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay
Publisher: WHO (1997)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Language: Spanish

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