A fair to remember
21 July 2015
  • A family planning fair brings pregnancy and HIV tests, cervical cancer screenings, family planning counselling, and free contraceptives to Ahua Village, in rural Côte d’Ivoire. © UNFPA Côte d'Ivoire

  • Côte d'Ivoire currently has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. "We have no maternity centre,” said Ahua’s chief, Nana Kouassi. © UNFPA Côte d'Ivoire

  • Women must travel to the maternal health centre in Dimbokro, the nearest town, for care. Family planning would go a long way towards improving the community’s maternal health. © UNFPA WCARO

  • Contraceptives reduce pregnancy-related injuries and deaths. They also empower families to plan the number and spacing of their children, enabling women to return to school or work. © UNFPA WCARO

  • Kouassi Ernest Krah (centre) and his colleagues spoke with men about how family planning can improve women’s health. They also encouraged condom use to prevent sexually transmitted infections. © UNFPA Côte d'Ivoire

  • Health workers also offered private consultations, explaining a range of family planning options, including pills, injectables, implants, intrauterine devices and condoms. © UNFPA Côte d'Ivoire

  • Adolescents should learn about these issues, said Deborah Bah, who became pregnant at 17. She wants young people to know about "abstinence and also that contraception is available." © UNFPA WCARO

  • Evelyn added that family planning will enable her to better support her one-year-old son. "I do not want to have more children right away,” she said. © UNFPA WCARO

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