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Sareda commented on Engaging Men as Family Planning Health Promoters

Thank you Chelse and amplify team for seleting our idea,We are so great full.


Sareda commented on Engaging Men as Family Planning Health Promoters

Thank you so much what you said made me realize that we need men like you the most comments are from men "moderated men" who understands the danger that women are facing everyday, its time to change our theory and speak up and say "its not just women's issue its men's issue as well"


Sareda commented on Engaging Men as Family Planning Health Promoters



*Why is this intervention important in this particular humanitarian setting?
Somalia was listed in the State of the World’s Mothers Report (2015) as “the worst place to be a mother.” 1 in 12 women die in childbirth (UNFPA report) and women face a lifetime risk of 1 in 18 of dying due to maternal causes. 35% of women have unmet need for modern family planning. Moreover, Somalia is currently in the midst of a severe drought, and 130,000 live in IDP camps across Puntland, of which the majority are women & girls. In such settings, women face risks of sexual violence, poor menstrual hygiene management, unintended pregnancy, and unsafe abortion and births.

*How will you measure family planning uptake / attribution to your intervention?
We will be able to track referrals to FP services through trained clinical service providers at our health facilities. A referral is defined as “a client or representative of a client, such as his wife, referred to FP services by a male health promoter and who successfully receives services.” As a rule, providers already ask each client during counseling: “were you referred here? Who referred you?” While we won’t have the resources to directly measure the %mCPR in our population before/after intervention, we feel that this way is a low-cost means to measure uptake. We look forward to any feedback from IDEO’s technical team as to ways to improve our proposal.

*Have you considered plans for long term sustainability?

One important factor will be a partnership with the MOH. We will work together, as partners, to develop our messages, train staff, measure our success, and disseminate results.

Another is cost. We believe that it will be important to pay our staff well, as motivation is often a key factor missing in such programs. This is a risk, of course, because as of now we cannot guarantee funding to our staff past Year 1. However, during Year 1 our staff will work hard to leverage Amplify funding with local and international fundraising efforts. The most promising connection seems to be our staff’s connections in the region with Save the Children. We sincerely believe that we can tie this effort in with Save the Children’s existing “FP-PAC” program in future years.

Last, building capacity with staff will take time, and norm transformation around reproductive health and gender equality will take even longer. Partnering with key male-led institutions such as clans, and mosques (imams) can help us ensure the change is disseminated through appropriate channels. Fortunately, there is existing work within the Somali government and imam networks to institutionalize gender equality. Somalia’s 2017-2019 National Development plan ( states that the government intends to “implement gender equality in education and mainstream gender in all of its programs.” Further, the recent adoption/translation of the sentinel text “Family Planning in the Legacy of Islam” by national government/religious leaders (and creation of BCC messages around it) suggest an increasing focus on these issues and presents an opportunity for our program.