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Long-Acting and Permanent Methods: Stories from the RESPOND Project

Mòoré with English Subtitles


Although evidence suggests that good couple communication supports better use of family planning, few tools exist to encourage such communication in West Africa. To inspire couples to talk about family planning, the RESPOND Project developed four short documentaries profiling real couples who overcame their fears about long-acting and permanent methods of contraception (LA/PMs). The videos depict the issues and decision-making processes each couple struggled with and are intended to inspire others to talk about family planning.

There are four videos in the series, each focusing on a different couple and a different LA/PM:

  1. "Caroline, Zakaria, and the Implant" focuses on a couple's decision to use the implant for birth spacing.
  2. "Georgette, Arba, and the IUD" profiles their decision to use an IUD for birth spacing.
  3. "Veronique, Bernard, and Tubal Ligation" highlights this couple's decision to obtain female sterilization for limiting.
  4. "Awa, Souleymane, and Vasectomy" describes their process for selecting no-scalpel vasectomy for their birth-limiting needs.

The videos are available in Mòoré with English subtitles and French. These videos were produced by RESPOND Project partner Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs.

The Right Decision at the Right Time: Dispelling Myths around NSV in India

India's central government has renewed its focus on vasectomy and intends to increase the uptake of this safe and cost-effective family planning method. As part of a broader package of technical assistance, the RESPOND Project recently developed an engaging and informational film with the Government of India designed to dispel myths about vasectomy and motivate couples to consider NSV once they have completed their desired family size.

This film is meant to expand awareness and acceptance of NSV as part of a series of behavior change communication (BCC) materials that focus on couples who have completed their families. It uses the results of an earlier research study, Factors Affecting Acceptance of Vasectomy in Uttar Pradesh: Insights from Community-Based, Participatory Qualitative Research, which was conducted to understand the reasons for the low prevalence of vasectomy and develop an approach for increasing demand for the procedure.

Specifically the film seeks to:

  • Establish NSV as a simple and painless family planning option that does not affect sexual performance
  • Address negative attitudes toward vasectomy (e.g., impact on sexual performance and physical weakness that limits a man's ability to provide for his family).
  • Provide insights into the potential benefits of NSV through positive testimonials from Indian men and women from different walks of life.
  • Provide accurate information about the procedure and motivate men/couples to consider this permanent method.

Please also view the accompanying brochure (JPG, 827KB) and poster (JPG, 1MB) focused on NSV. Please click here for the English translation of the poster and the brochure. 

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