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Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To?

December 30, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To?

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In the village of Mereto, Ngour Sen, 56, reclined on a green foam mattress next to a pile of massive rice bags in the seclusion of his storeroom. His 11 children and two wives loitered just outside in the yard, chatting while the women shelled peas. In the background, RSI, Senegalese state radio, droned. “We never switch it off,” he said.


From religious leaders on talk shows to interviews with doctors, there has been a lot of discussion on the radio lately about contraception, referred to as family planning. That’s how Sen’s first wife, Yassin Diouf, 40, learned about the concept: a public service announcement. She told her husband, “I heard that giving birth every year is not good for the health of women, so I want to do family planning like I heard on the radio.”


Not many Senegalese women have embraced family planning. The country of 13.7 million has one of the lowest rates of contraceptive use in the world: 16 percent. And the fertility rate is one of the highest: five births per woman. Diouf has given birth 10 times and has six surviving children; Sen’s second wife, Sanou Ndiaye, 30, has five.

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