Three years ago, when Benin hovered near the bottom of the world statistics on contraceptive prevalence, and all we heard from naysayers was how “impossible and culturally sensitive” family planning is in the country, I might not have bet very much on this [the introduction of Sayana Press] being a success. But it has been so far, and all signs show it promises to go further, even faster.
The tobacco control movement in the U.S. was one of the very first community “resistance” movements. It involved mobilizing against corporate greed, and a willingness to subvert public good to private will. So much was achieved in a relatively short time, but much remains to be done. On World No Tobacco Day 2017, let us celebrate how much has been achieved by people collectively speaking on behalf of their own health and welfare.
Community health workers can meet women in their homes to provide accurate information, counseling, and contraceptives. This intimate service provision allows women and men to decide for themselves, perhaps for the first time, the number, timing, and spacing of their children.
JSI’s Nancy Harris explains that if access to contraception is a human right and programs aim for the maximum variety in choice of methods, then vasectomy must be part of the mix in mature family planning programs.