Nursing - Community Public Health
Improving family planning services for survivors of sexual gender based violence (SGBV) in rural Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the unmet need for family planning services (information and access to methods) places further strain on already vulnerable women, families and communities at a time when economic resources are scarce and stability is tenuous. Developing effective and sustainable programs to address this unmet family planning need is a critical, significant next step in the ongoing work to rebuild health, economic and social supports in the DRC. Our long-term goal is to meet family planning needs in conflict and post-conflict settings. The goal for this study is to improve access, knowledge and utilization of family planning services in two rural villages in DRC. To achieve this, we propose to leverage the infrastructure (staff, IRB approval, and partnerships) of our existing study, A Microfinance Intervention to Improve Health of Rape Survivors in DRC (R01MD006075-01. PI, Glass, N). We will complete this mixed-methods study in two phases. In phase one, we will collect individual interviews to examine access, knowledge and utilization of family planning services among female survivors (ages 16-45) of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and their partners. In phase two, we will develop and test the feasibility of a community led educational intervention to improve family planning service access and utilization with SGBV survivors and their partners in rural villages. The study addresses the fifth Millennium Development Goal and contributes to the science base for large-scale implementation of family planning services in conflict and post-conflict settings.