Tuebi et al
Greener Journal of Medical Sciences
Vol. 11(2), pp. 212-225, 2021
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Quality Improvement and Acceptance of Family Planning Services in Bayelsa State: Lessons Learnt From a Review of Global Family Planning Programs.
Tuebi Moses; Franco Apiyanteide; Raimi Morufu Olalekan; Chidubem Oraelosi; Sampou W. Daniel
School of Public Health, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Background: Despite the benefits of family planning to individuals, families, communities and the society at large, family planning acceptance and utilization continue to be poor especially in most low- and middle-income countries across the globe due to quality issues, religious and cultural beliefs that negates its use and challenges in access to current family planning methods.
This review identified measures that can/may improve the quality and acceptance of family planning in Bayelsa State Nigeria.
Method: An in-depth review of literatures was conducted using key search terms in PubMed and Google scholar to obtain strategies needed to improve quality and acceptance of family planning.
Results: The review showed that several interventions will be helpful in improving quality and acceptance of family planning methods. These include: (i) The use of the Johns Hopkins quality cycle (Plan-Do-Study-Act) in identification and definition of barriers, planning and implementation of strategies based on identified barriers and continuous monitoring and evaluation of progress for necessary actions. (ii) A social and behavioral change model that specifically addresses cultural and religious norms that limits the use of family planning methods. (iii) Development and implementation of a strategic plan such as provision of qualified midwife/nurse at primary health care centers. (iv) Task shifting (v) continuous capacity building of health workers (vi) Government support of family planning and (vii) collaboration with international organization to ensure steady availability of family planning services and products. These methods if implemented in Bayelsa State, will be effective in improving quality and acceptance of family planning services by women of reproductive age in the state.
Conclusion and Recommendation: Improved quality and acceptance of family planning methods and services are central for optimum use of family planning methods which is key to promoting maternal and child health in Bayelsa State and thereby, focuses on health system strengthening interventions in the State.
E-mail: tuebi_moses@ uniport.edu.ng
Keywords: Family Planning; Quality; Acceptance; Social and behavioral change; Bayelsa
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Cite this Article: Tuebi M; Franco, A; Raimi, MO; Chidubem, O; Sampou, WD (2021). The Quality and Acceptance of Family Planning Services in Improving Bayelsa State: Lessons Learnt From a Review of Global Family Planning Programs. Greener Journal of Medical Sciences, 11(2): 212-225.
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