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Research shows positive response to SMC’s community mobilization activities

SMC conducted a study during October 2014 to monitor and evaluate progress in changing knowledge, attitude and behaviors of married women of reproductive age (MWRA) and caregivers of children under 5 on critical program indicators in the 19 MIH districts.

A total of 1,600 MWRAs/caregivers of children under 5 were selected through multi-stage sampling technique approach. In addition, a total of 600 adolescent girls were also selected, who earlier attended SMC’s School Health Education Program of Notun Din. It is evident from the chart below that women who reported having attended the MIH community meetings were better informed than those who said they did not attend. The difference was most profoundly observed in having correct knowledge with regard to birth spacing, high risks associated with pregnancies before 20 and after 35 and use of sanitary napkins.