Integrating Family Planning Services into Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centers in Kenya: Operations Research Results
Family Health International
Providing contraceptive services at VCT centers is an opportunity to prevent unintended pregnancies among clients whose needs may not be met through traditional family planning services. Operations research in Kenya suggests that integrating family planning into VCT services is feasible and acceptable. An integration intervention improved providers’ discussions about fertility desires and contraceptive methods with clients, without compromising the length of client-provider interaction or client waiting time. Although many VCT clients were considered at risk of unintended pregnancy, the intervention had little effect on contraceptive method choice and distribution.