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Scola Daffi Akonaay

Hanang, Tanzania

“I didn’t know about the clinic before today. I came here for my baby to be vaccinated and saw that they were offering family planning services.”

A key part of our commitment to providing contraception and safe abortion services is delivering them in remote areas where women would otherwise have no access to this type of support.

Scola is 29, and has six children aged 11, 8, 7, 5, 2 and 3 months. She was taking her baby for a vaccination at the Gendabi Health Clinic when she saw that the Marie Stopes International outreach clinic was also there offering services.

Although Scola had some knowledge of family planning, she had been concerned about potential side effects. She had travelled to the clinic with her husband so that together they were able to learn about the contraception options available to them.

The couple had a consultancy with our outreach team leader and decided that Scola would have the three-year contraceptive implant.

“My husband is now supportive of me having family planning. I have chosen the three-year implant because it is my first time and I want to try it. I would like this baby (the three month old) to be my last, so after this implant, I will continue to use family planning.”

A key part of our work involves talking to women about their choices and helping them make the right decisions for themselves and their family.

Counselling women in need

While talking with the outreach nurse, Scola revealed she might have missed her last period. She was offered a urine test, which showed that she was in fact three to four weeks pregnant.

On hearing the news, Scola broke down. With six children, including a three month old baby in arms, it was a huge shock for her. The nurse and staff did their best to comfort her before taking time to counsel the couple about their options.

A key part of our work involves talking to women about their choices and helping them make the right decisions for themselves and their family. Scola and her husband continue to be supported by our outreach team in Hanang.

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