ICRH-Mozambique and CEPSA launch book on Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health

ICRH-Mozambique (ICRH-M) and the Center for Population and Health Research (CEPSA) launched: “Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies in Mozambique” at a ceremony held on 23 July 2019 in Maputo. The bookbrings together evidence on Family Planning (FP) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Mozambique as a way of contributing to the definition of policies and strategies that are tailored to the country context.
The event was attended by over 100 participants from the Ministry of Health (MISAU) and other public institutions, academics, non-governmental and civil society organizations working in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health, in addition to the Flanders Government. Three articles from the book were presented by the respective authors: “Perceptions and Motivations of Men in Uptake and Use of Family Planning” by Joelma Picardo (ICRH-M) and Boaventura Cau (CEPSA), “Perceptions on Family Planning in Mozambique from an Ethnography of Communication Perspective.”, by David Langa (Eduardo Mondlane University-UEM), and “Practices and Perceptions of Men and Women Living with HIV on the Use of Dual Contraception”, by Carlos Cuinhane (UEM).
A common theme in the three presentations was men’s role in contraception access and use. The authors discussed evidence showing that men are key to decision-making around family planning but that this is rarely addressed in family planning interventions; that demand for contraception and utilization are heavily affected by social norms and gender inequities; and that effective communication with men and between couples needs to be strengthened.
Part of the funding for the book's publication comes from the project “Acquisition of Knowledge for the Provision of Better Quality Services and Community Involvement for Greater Use of Family Planning (IQSCI)”, implemented by ICRH-M from 2013 to 2018 with funding from the Government of Flanders.