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Follow up reproductive health needs assessment in the process of evaluating a CBD programme in Lushoto Division, Lushoto District

KRAUT, Angela
et al
April 2004

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This study is a follow up to a baseline study (2000) on GTZ supported Community Based Distribution (CBD) activities in Lushoto Division in Tanzania. The study found that contraceptive prevalence was 43.2 per cent, almost double previous figures, and that women's knowledge of contraceptive methods had increased to 84.4 per cent from 77.1 per cent. CBD agents provide an important 'social link' between communities and the professional health sector. The knowledge of long term methods is high and it seems, in the comparison with non-CBD villages, that CBD agents intensify the demand for these services. The number of unplanned pregnancies has decreased to 26.8 per cent from 58.3 per cent , while a higher proportion of deliveries was attended by health personnel (37.5 per cent from 22 per cent). In the context of this study, it was however not possible to measure the CBD contribution to these changes over time, other contributing factors being difficult to measure

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