Undercovered: Getting Family Planning Advice From an Unexpected Place

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A growing network of hair salons in Guinea is providing a much needed service: spreading awareness about contraceptive health and family planning, according to a new report in The Guardian.

reporting from Conakry, writes:

Five salons across Conakry have been dispensing family planning advice since 2012, and they have been so successful that the project – the brainchild ofJhpiego, a health organisation associated with Johns Hopkins University in the US – is about to be extended to salons in Guinea’s seven major cities.

In Guinea, which has one of the lowest rates of modern contraceptive use in the world, women have an average of five children. According to UN figures, in 2015 only 7.5% of married or cohabiting women use some form of contraception.

A lot of effort has gone into teaching women in rural Guinea about family planning, but not so much in urban areas. A salon is an excellent place to reach them, so long as it is the right kind of salon.

You can read the complete report here.

[photo: robertelyov via Flickr CC BY 2.0]

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