Nigeria's Cluster Plus model: Working in the community
"I find this work very interesting. I love to interact with the women in the markets. And I get to work all day with my 10-month-old baby, Bejide, with me!"
Olusula, 40, is a Community Health Extension Worker, conducting outreach for the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN). In 2014, PPFN received a one year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through IPPF. The purpose of the grant was to expand family planning and reproductive health services. PPFN used this grant to improve on its current model of service delivery known as the Cluster model. PPFN piloted a successful project over 9 months around family planning. This project exceeded targets significantly and has the potential to be rolled out in Nigeria and other countries.
"I refer clients through vouchers to the facility of their choice for long acting and reversible contraceptive methods too", explains Olusula.
She works closely with her local community providing information and choice about contraceptive methods. Women and men are able to make informed decisions that ensure suitability to them and their circumstances. Choice promotes convenience and acceptability.
"This PPFN outreach and service model will reduce a lot of abortions in our community. It also encourages women to space their children and lets them do the other things they want."
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