Reaching Young Married Women & First-Time Parents for Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies
This technical brief discusses Pathfinder’s experience in Burkina Faso, implementing a project to reach young married women, first-time parents, and their key influencers, for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy through contraceptive use. Burkina Faso has a high total fertility rate and low contraceptive rates. Girls and young women tend to marry early, and most sexual activity occurs in the context of marriage. Despite a significant need for timely and accurate sexual and reproductive health information and services, there is a dearth of targeted sexual and reproductive health interventions for young married women and first-time parents. Between 2012 and 2015, Pathfinder worked with the Burkina Faso Ministry of Health and local partners to develop and implement a project that has supported increased contraceptive use among young married women and first-time parents for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. This technical brief discusses Pathfinder’s implementation experience working, as well as how the project responded to an existing gap in evidence, about how to reach this hard-to-reach population, through intensive qualitative and monitoring documentation.