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Social issues and acceptability: How do barriers affect access to services?

Cicely Marston highlights some of the social and cultural issues that affect use of contraception and family planning services.

Attitudes towards sex, gender, fertility, and family life permeate how contraception and abortion services are and aren’t provided and how well they are received in communities.

In the video, Professor Cicely Marston uses three examples to illustrate why basic knowledge and availability of contraceptives cannot always explain their patterns of use and social acceptability. Taking social issues into account is essential for developing successful programmes.

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