Careful Planning for Fragile Settings

Maternal death, mortality of children under 5 and teenage pregnancy are higher in conflict-torn South Kivu than the rest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo—signs of conflict’s disruptive toll on family planning services.
Arla Gruda of the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam explored the challenges of implementing family planning programs in fragile settings like South Kivu.

Her findings point to a need for programs that are more sensitive to religious beliefs and involve more trained, knowledgeable women in policymaking and delivery. Recognizing the influential role played by local religious leaders—and offering them training—could also prove key.

Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (briefing paper)

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