On the sustainability of a family planning program in Nigeria when funding ends

Ilene S. Speizer, David K. Guilkey, Veronica Escamilla, Peter M. Lance, Lisa M. Calhoun, Osifo T. Ojogun, David Fasiku

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Few studies have examined the sustainability of family planning program outcomes in the post-program period. This article presents the results of a natural experiment where the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative Phase I programming ended in early 2015 and Phase II activities continued in a subset of cities. Using data collected in 2015 and 2017, we compare contraceptive ideation and modern family planning use in two cities: Ilorin where program activities concluded in 2015 and Kaduna where program activities continued. The results demonstrate that exposure to program activities decreased in Ilorin but for those individuals reporting continuing exposure, the effect size of exposure on modern family planning use remained the same and was not significantly different from Kaduna. Modern family planning use continued to increase in both cites but at a lower rate than during Phase I. The results are useful for designing family planning programs that sustain beyond the life of the program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0222790
JournalPloS one
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

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