December 4, 2013
Cell Phones Boost Access to Contraceptives in Ethiopia
Ethiopian women produce an average of five children in their lifetimes because less than 30 percent of women in Ethiopia - the second-largest population in Africa - have access to birth control devices. [via Voice of America]
A project offering increased health services in portions of the largely rural countryside of this country proposes to lower the birth rate by increasing access to birth control with an electronic vouchers texts on the telephones targeting young Ethiopian women between the ages of 15 and 29 years of age.
The scheme is based on teams of health volunteers who offer rural women the chance to learn the benefits of birth control and have an opportunity to order intra-uterine devices (IUDs) and other birth control measures.
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