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    Communicating family planning in reproductive health: key messages for communicators.

    World Health Organization [WHO]. Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Suport). Family Planning and Population

    Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Support), Family Planning and Population, 1997. xxi, 56 p. (WHO/FRH/FPP/97.33)

    Communication to individuals, communities, and policymakers about the benefits of family planning can be a first step toward improving the quality and accessibility of such services. This booklet, prepared by the World Health Organization, seeks to provide health care workers and communication specialists with tools they need to increase awareness of the need for family planning services and advocate for service improvement and expansion. Detailed information is presented to support 8 key IEC statements: 1) family planning saves women's lives and improves their health; 2) using contraception to delay first births and space births at least 2 years apart saves children's lives and improves child health; 3) family planning provides special social and economic benefits for the couple, family, and community; 4) a variety of safe and effective contraceptives exist, each with different characteristics to meet users' varied needs; 5) contraceptives are safe and offer many health benefits; 6) condoms provide significant protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); 7) adolescents face serious physical, social, and economic consequences from pregnancy and STDs, but can be helped to make responsible choices through sexuality education; and 8) men can support their sexual partners by sharing responsibility for family planning, disease prevention, and child rearing.
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