Male Fertility Preferences and Maternal Mortality

Innovations for Poverty Action
Organization Location: 
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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This project addresses the problem of unmet need for family planning in Zambia and its subsequent impact on maternal and child health. Using a demand creation approach, an innovative curriculum provides men a clear understanding of the causes and risk factors of maternal mortality. This curriculum aims to increase demand for family planning and to ultimately reduce realized fertility, leading to improved maternal and child health. If promising pilot results are corroborated in this larger study, information on maternal mortality risk could be incorporated into existing community-based health initiatives in line with the MoH’s goal of increasing family planning demand. This project differs from standard approaches to create demand for family planning, which generally focus on increasing supply or women’s empowerment, overlooking the influential role that men play.