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Research digest: men, boys and family planning

A wide range of family planning interventions aimed at men and boys in low- and middle-income countries have shown efficacy in increasing contraceptive use, a systematic review has found.

A third of the studies were conducted on programmes that made a special effort to engage males. The review found that the most effective types of interventions include community-based educational programmes offered in schools, homes or community facilities, targeting males as well as females of all ages, and programmes delivered by professionals, trained facilitators or peers.

Engaging men and boys in enhancing gender equality for women and girls as part of family planning programming was highlighted as a key strategy, but researchers say this remains under-used.

Campbell Systematic Reviews

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