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Community views on CBD activities in Muheza and Lushoto in Tanga region : final report

SANGALE, Loserian
November 2003

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This is an evaluation of the Community Based Distribution (CBD) of family planning (FP) methods, implemented in Tanga region of Tanzania, which aimed to increase the use of contraceptives through better geographical and social access. In collecting views from community members it was found that CBD activities are felt to improve child and maternal health, and to free women to participate in economic and community work. Clients felt that the FP accessed through CBD gave them improved capacity to care for their smaller families and to work more productively. Community members also felt that CBD introduced sensitive topics such as HIV/AIDS in a culturally acceptable way. In short, the community clearly expressed how CBD activities contribute to reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Much of the programme has been successfully absorbed into the district work plan, but initial training of CBD is still financially dependent on GTZ, putting into question the programme's sustainability

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