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Evaluating the impact a proposed family planning model would have on maternal and infant mortality in Afghanistan

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Summary

Objective

This study aimed to assess the potential impact a proposed family planning model would have on reducing maternal and infant mortality in Afghanistan.

Background

Afghanistan has a high total fertility rate, high infant mortality rate, and high maternal mortality rate. Afghanistan also has tremendous socio-cultural barriers to and misconceptions about family planning services.

Methods

We applied predictive statistical models to a proposed family planning model for Afghanistan to better understand the impact increased family planning can have on Afghanistan's maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate. We further developed a sensitivity analysis that illustrates the number of maternal and infant deaths that can be averted over 5 years according to different increases in contraceptive prevalence rates.

Results

Incrementally increasing contraceptive prevalence rates in Afghanistan from 10% to 60% over the course of 5 years could prevent 11 653 maternal deaths and 317 084 infant deaths, a total of 328 737 maternal and infant deaths averted.

Conclusion

Achieving goals in reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in Afghanistan requires a culturally relevant approach to family planning that will be supported by the population. The family planning model for Afghanistan presents such a solution and holds the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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