Dual Protection for Tanzanian Youth


In a mini-blog series ICM is highlighting the role of midwives in family planning. The series continues with a blog written by ICM and published on our partner organization's website Child Health Now

Sebalda Leshabari is the Dean of the School of Nursing at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salam, Tanzania and teaches midwives who are key providers in family planning in Tanzania. In her work she often encounters the challenges midwives face to provide family planning counseling especially to youth. For this reason, she undertook a project to research how to improve counseling on dual protection for adolescents and how family planning services could be included into HIV services. “I was particularly interested to see, if adolescents’ use of condoms will change if family planning is integrated into HIV services”, says Sebalda.

Youth in Tanzania is usually well aware of the danger of becoming pregnant but lacks knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. In Sebalda’s experience young women tend to use the pill or other contraceptive methods that prevent pregnancy but do not protect against HIV, mainly because condoms are strongly disliked by men. However, the danger for adolescents to become infected with HIV is very high. For this reason her research focused on the improvement of dual protection and counseling for youth.

Read the full blog on Child Health Now's website