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Broadcasting for Change: Journalists in Madagascar Increase Awareness for FP

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Dear Family Planning Champion,


For years, women in Madagascar could not obtain contraception without spousal consent. A 2018 law changed that, but how would that become public knowledge? This article discusses USAID’s efforts to train journalists to understand the importance of family planning (FP) and reproductive health and why access to it is important. The training partnership with journalists in the country has increased awareness of FP access and services.


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Broadcasting for Change: Journalists in Madagascar Increase Awareness for FP

Read this short article about journalist Amiko Philberte, who is one of many using radio and reporting skills to both broadcast messages about FP and act as a peer educator to counsel young women. In just one year after the new law went into effect and journalists reported heavily on it, Madagascar averted over 100,000 unintended pregnancies and prevented nearly 300 deaths compared to the previous year. Think about how your FP program can partner with local journalists to reach similar success.

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