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IWHC suggested revisions to FP/RH [message #1878] Fri, 04 April 2014 15:52
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ACCESS TO MULTIPLE FORMS OF FAMILY PLANNING
1. What is the information needed?
In addition to the question of whether women were told about other methods of family planning they can use, we need information about how many and what types of methods they have been offered. For example, if they are only given a choice between an injectable or an implant, they're not given a wide range of options, because both are long-acting hormonals.

2. What questions will elicit this information?
Add a question after existing question #321 ("Were you ever told by a health of family planning worker about other methods of family planning that you could use?") Model additional question off question #301 ask question and list methods.

321A: Were you offered any of the following methods of family planning by a health or family planning worker?

(1) Female Sterilization. PROBE: Women can have an operation to avoid having any more children.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(2) Male Sterilization. PROBE: Men can have an operation to avoid having any more children.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(3) IUD. PROBE: Women can have a loop or coil placed inside them by a doctor or a nurse.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(4) Injectables. PROBE: Women can have an injection by a health provider that stops them from becoming pregnant for one or more months.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(5) Implants. PROBE: Women can have one or more small rods placed in their upper arm by a doctor or nurse which can prevent pregnancy for one or more years.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(6) Pill. PROBE: Women can take a pill every day to avoid becoming pregnant.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(7) Condom. PROBE: Men can put a rubber sheath on their penis before sexual intercourse.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(8) Female Condom. PROBE: Women can place a sheath in their vagina before sexual intercourse.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(09) Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM). (2)
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(10) Rhythm Method. PROBE: To avoid pregnancy, women do not have sexual intercourse on the days of the month they think they can get pregnant.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(11) Withdrawal. PROBE: Men can be careful and pull out before climax.
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(12) Emergency Contraception. PROBE: As an emergency measure, within three days after they have unprotected sexual intercourse, women can take special pills to prevent pregnancy. (3)
YES............................ 1 NO ............................ 2
(13) Have you heard of any other ways or methods that women or men can use to avoid pregnancy?
YES............................ 1
________________________________ (SPECIFY)
________________________________ (SPECIFY)

3. How will the resulting information be used?
The resulting data will be used to determine if women have access to a wide range of family planning options. This question will inform U.S. government work around family planning by determining where women's options are limited to only one method or only one type of method. By asking what other methods a woman was offered, besides the one she is using, the question will yield information about where we need to direct resources to ensure that women have a wide range of options.

4. What is the priority of suggested additions compared with what is already in the questionnaires?
Do not recommend any deletion.

5. If suggesting more than one addition, what is the priority among the suggested additions?
Priority #2

6. Should the additional data be collected in all countries, or only in selected types of countries (e.g., countries with a particular type of program, countries with prevalence of a particular infection >5% or 10%)
All countries

ACCESS TO ABORTION INFORMATION AND SERVICES
1. What is the information needed?
We need information about the availability of, and access, information about abortion and, where legal, abortion services themselves.

2. What questions will elicit this information?
Question 1: Do you know if, in any circumstances, abortion is legal in your country? (select one)
(1) Yes, it is legal
(2) Yes, it is legal under some circumstances
(3) No, it is never legal
(4) I do not know if it is legal.

If answer is (1), (2), or (4):
Question 2: Do you know where to access information about abortion services?
Question 3: If you wanted or needed an abortion, do you believe you would be able to obtain one safely and legally?

3. How will the resulting information be used?
The information will be used to determine whether women know their legal rights as they relate to abortion, and if they are able to fully access information about abortion services. Data from this question will be used to evaluate whether USAID's interpretation of the Helms Amendment is overly restrictive and preventing women from accessing information and abortion services even when permitted by both U.S. and national law.

4. What is the priority of suggested additions compared with what is already in the questionnaires?
Do not suggest any deletion.

5. If suggesting more than one addition, what is the priority among the suggested additions?
Priority #3.

6. Should the additional data be collected in all countries, or only in selected types of countries (e.g., countries with a particular type of program, countries with prevalence of a particular infection >5% or 10%)?
All countries.



Nina Besser
Program Officer, U.S. Foreign Policy
International Women's Health Coalition
Washington, DC
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