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PRESS RELEASE,
25 April 200
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Terre des hommes survey about family planning in Kabul City.

The Terre des hommes Mother & Child Health - Home Visiting Program (Tdh-MCH-HVP) commenced in January 1996 with the prime aim of reducing maternal and infant mortality in the city of Kabul.  The project directly responds to the needs of mothers who have no access to any health facilities and emphasis is on providing maternal health services in the homes of the mothers. Targeted clients are identified through the maternity hospitals, MCH referral system and community contacts.

The 30 MCH midwives and doctors visited in 2001 a total number of 27.845 clients in their homes in 12 areas of Kabul city. They also surveyed 10.712 new houses for mothers in need. 2.165 women were referred to clinics or hospitals for routine antepartum care and / or immunization and for treatment of complications. In addition, 79’368 women were present during health education meetings in the homes of the clients.

In March this year 24 midwives conducted a family planning survey targeting 360 women in 12 areas of 8 districts in Kabul. Those women asked, are all project clients of the home-visiting program, coming from different ethnical and social backgrounds.  Their ages were between 15 and 45 years. Average number of children is given with 5,9 with a maximum of 14 children per one mother.

77% of women asked had some knowledge in family planning methods, but 98% of all women asked are interested to receive contraceptives. 96% of all women confirmed that their husbands would agree with family planning methods. 4% have husbands rejecting family planning or the women haven’t spoken to them. Most of the women express their feelings that they cannot afford to have so many children, due to very many reasons such as economic situation, health status, well-being, etc.

But a staggeringly high number, namely 92% of all women, confirmed that they are unable to access family planning due to the fact that MCH clinics are too far away or they do not get permission to leave their homes.

 

 

The Terre des hommes liaison delegation office in Peshawar
Phone: 0092 91 5703814

E-mail: tdhkabul@brain.net.pk

Website: www.tdh.ch

 

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