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In 2011 and 2012, co-led by partners Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs and EngenderHealth, RESPOND conducted qualitative research in Cambodia, Malawi, and Nigeria to gain insights into the factors that may constrain the use of long-acting and permanent methods of contraception (LA/PMs). Key informant interviews, focus group discussions, conceptual mapping, and multidimensional scaling explored how people position LA/PMs with regard to the positive and negative characteristics they attribute to contraceptives (e.g., effectiveness, ease of access, cost, or fear of side effects).

Views on Family Planning and Long-Acting and Permanent Methods: Insights from Cambodia (Project Brief No. 12)
Contraceptive prevalence has increased in Cambodia in recent years, with current method use twice as high in 2010 as in 2000 and knowledge of family planning methods at an all-time high. Yet Cambodia missed its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for modern method prevalence in 2010, the contraceptive method mix remains limited, and reliance on traditional methods is growing. As part of a broader study of attitudes about contraception, RESPOND conducted qualitative research among current female users of long-acting and permanent methods, postpartum women not practicing contraception, women who had discontinued method use, married men, and health care providers. Results revealed a need to increase the knowledge and training of providers, do more to dispel myths about family planning methods, strengthen outreach and counseling, and improve messaging about contraception.
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