The sample used for assessing the impact of empowerment of FCHVs was 241 CMWRA who were non-pregnant and non-users of contraceptives to begin with.
The impact of empowerment of FCHVs is presented in terms of (i) frequency and nature of consultation received by the CMWRA from the FCHVs, (ii) satisfaction of CMWRA with consultation with the FCHVs, and (iii) change in knowledge, attitudes, and practice of CMWRA regarding contraception.
The empowerment of FCHVs had a positive impact on both frequency and nature of consultation of CMWRA with the FCHVs.
Prior to the intervention, the CMWRA consulted the FCHVs mainly for child-limiting methods.
The CMWRA were satisfied with consultation with the FCHVs before and after the intervention (Table 4).
Table 5 reveals that the number of CMWRA who could name at least one contraceptive significantly increased after the intervention ([[chi square].
Increasing awareness of CMWRA about the causes and consequences of high fertility, about different contraceptive choices available, and clarification of their doubts and fears can encourage the use of contraceptive services.
For instance, the frequency of their group sessions with the CMWRA increased; they provided family-planning consultation to the CMWRA more frequently and for a longer duration; they started distributing refill-oral contraceptives; and more CMWRA received the desired information from the FCHVs.
There was a significant increase in the number of CMWRA knowing a contraceptive method.
Contraceptive-use status of CMWRA (baseline data) Responses Contraceptive use-related variables No.