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To standardize clinical skills and training, improve quality, and facilitate access to a full range of contraceptive options by women and couples, RESPOND built a corps of trainers to deliver minilaparotomy under local anesthesia in four countries, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi.

The Ghana Vasectomy Initiative: Facilitating Client-Provider Communication on No-Scalpel Vasectomy
An initiative to improve client and provider knowledge and acceptance of no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) was undertaken in Ghana in 2003–2004 and 2007–2008. Implemented at eight facilities, the initiative included the training of physicians in NSV; training of all site staff in the provision of ‘‘male-friendly'' services; and health promotion activities to talk about NSV to prospective clients. Client-provider communication was assessed via a mystery client study, and knowledge and acceptance of NSV among potential clients were assessed with baseline and follow-up surveys. The results suggest that complementary, sustained provider training in client-centered services, coupled with targeted health promotion, can lead to improved client and provider knowledge and acceptance of NSV in an African context. Patient Education and Counseling, Volume 81, Issue 3, December 2010, pages 374–380.
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