A Look at USAID’s Efforts to Boost Contraceptive Uptake in DRC

August 9, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

Contraception Education Comes to DRC’s Markets
On any given day, Fungurume Central Market in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is filled with women and men, young and old, shopping and selling-bright green cassava leaves, flours of different weights and hues, dried fish and fresh eggs. On one particular day in late March, the crowds were at the market not only for Congolese commerce, but for something entirely new: to learn about contraceptives and, for some, to pick up a contraceptive of choice for free.
“I decided with my husband to take an implant today,” said 44-year-old Veronique Kabadi, a mother of six who received her contraceptive implant in a temporary clinic set up at the back of Fungurume market in DRC’s Lualaba province. “Because of the number of children we have and our household income, we cannot support the children.”

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