The impact of the Navrongo project on contraceptive knowledge and use, reproductive preferences, and fertility (PDF)
Debpuur,Cornelius; Phillips,James F.; Jackson,Elizabeth F.; Nazzar,Alex; Ngom,Pierre; Binka,Fred N.
Studies in Family Planning 33(2): 141-164
Publication date: 2002
The Navrongo Community Health and Family Planning Project is a quasi-experimental study designed to test the hypothesis that introducing health and family planning services in a traditional African societal setting will introduce reproductive change. This article presents the impact of the initial three years of project exposure on contraceptive knowledge, awareness of supply sources, reproductive preferences, contraceptive use, and fertility. Findings show that knowledge of methods and supply sources increased as a result of exposure to project activities and that deployment of nurses to communities was associated with the emergence of preferences to limit childbearing. Fertility impact is evident in all treatment cells, most prominently in areas where nurse-outreach activities are combined with strategies for involving traditional leaders and male volunteers in promoting the program. In this combined cell, the initial three years of project exposure reduced the total fertility rate by one birth, comprising a 15 percent fertility decline relative to fertility levels in comparison communities.