Increasing Use of Dual Protection by Rickshaw Pullers in Bangladesh
Council researchers with the FRONTIER program sought to increase knowledge among rickshaw pullers in Bangladesh of the benefits of using condoms for dual protection from STIs and pregnancy.
Researchers with the Council's FRONTIERS program worked with the NGO Service Delivery Program (NSDP) and the Associates for Community and Population Research to increase the awareness among rickshaw pullers and their families of the health risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, and the benefits of using condoms for dual protection from STIs and pregnancy. The project tested the relative effectiveness of two strategies for delivering information and services—providing reproductive health education at rickshaw garages and providing reproductive health education with improved access to condoms—against a control site.
Over 5,000 rickshaw pullers attended at least one educational session. Men who received the reproductive health education showed significant increases in knowledge relative to the control sites, with a greater increase—as well as increased condom use—in sites that received the combined intervention. However, risky behavior (extramarital sex) increased in all three groups.
NSDP expanded project activities in 35 urban clinics. Senior NGO officials and master trainers were identified and trained. All participating clinics introduced community condom distributors, and educational materials on condoms and vasectomy were distributed throughout the project area.
Increasing dual protection among rickshaw pullers in Bangladesh (PDF)
Bhuiya,Ismat; Rahman,Mizanur; Rob,Ubaidur; Khan,M.E.; Zahiduzzaman,K.M.
FRONTIERS Final Report
Publication date: 2007
Duration: 10/2004 - 6/2006
Population Council researchers:
Associates for Community and Population Research
NGO Service Delivery Program (NSDP)