The Bixby Center, Mozambican Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AMOG) and Pathfinder International hosted two dissemination meetings in April to share results from a pilot study to explore the effectiveness of training two groups of community-based agents, agente polivante elementar (APEs) and traditional birth attendants (TBAs), to administer injectable contraceptives and provide evidence to policymakers to expand community based distribution in Mozambique.
The dissemination meetings took place in Cabo Delgado, the province where the study was conducted, and Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Over 50 key stakeholders participated in both meetings, including representatives from Ministry of Health, UNFPA, UNICEF, and USAID. The study was funded by USAID. For more information on the results shared at the meeting, please download the program brief.
Dr. Ndola Prata will be returning to Mozambique in July 2015 to provide capacity building for stakeholders to ensure translation of research findings into policy and practice. She will be working with key MOH staff to encourage the involvement of TBAs in CBD programs and liaising with family planning experts to demonstrate the importance of family planning in not only MCH strategies, but also development strategies.