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PROGRESS in India: Research on the Multiload 375 intrauterine device

  • India

A PROGRESS-supported operations research study in six Indian states demonstrated the feasibility of introducing the “Multiload 375” copper intrauterine device (IUD) into India’s National Family Planning Program. The study, which was conducted in 2010 and 2011, had a pre-post qualitative design that included training 127 providers and 427 community health facilitators, resulting in 540 insertions of the Multiload 375. Results of the study, which identified issues related to introducing the IUD, are helping guide national scale-up of the method. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also recommended that the IUD client card developed for the study be adapted and used more broadly. This research brief [PDF, 397 KB] provides a useful summary of the study and next steps.

PROGRESS (Program Research for Strengthening Services) was a five-year project awarded to FHI 360 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in June 2008. The project sought to improve access to family planning among underserved populations by providing global technical leadership and working in selected countries.

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