Ukraine Together for Health: Improving Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Ukraine

Dates: 2005-2011

Country: Ukraine

Client(s): USAID

Services: Technical Assistance, Training

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Social and Behavior Change, Health Systems Strengthening, Maternal Health, Youth & Adolescent Health/OVC

Website: http://tfh.jsi.com


Until early 2000, abortion and intrauterine devices (IUDs) were the leading methods of birth control in the Ukraine. The concept of being able to choose among a range of contraceptive methods was unknown to many people in Ukraine, mainly due to widespread concerns about hormonal side effects. Limited knowledge on modern family planning counseling and practices led many of the 12,000 OB/GYNs to prescribe mainly non-hormonal methods, without counseling their clients.

The Together for Health project in Ukraine helped people adopt modern family planning and reproductive health practices that improved lives, promoted family health, and reduced levels of abortions. The project fostered a shift from a heavy reliance on abortion for birth control to modern methods of contraception, and contributed to a reduction in sexually transmitted infections.

Watch a video on the impacts of the Together For Health project

Read the related blog post by Dr. Oleg Kuzmenko Helping Family Planning Providers in Ukraine Overcome Post-Soviet Standards

 

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