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Family Planning Perspectives
Volume 29, Number 4, July/August 1997

Increasing the Availability of Vasectomy In Public-Sector Clinics

By Jeanne M. Haws, Maureen McKenzie, Manisha Mehta and Amy E. Pollack

A program designed to improve the availability of vasectomy in public-sector clinics trained physicians at 43 facilities in no-scalpel vasectomy between 1993 and 1995. Among the 38 clinics that responded to a follow-up survey in 1996, the number of clinics providing vasectomies rose from 23 to 32, an increase of almost 40%, while the number of vasectomies performed rose by 18%. Seventeen of the 32 clinics performed more vasectomies after the training; 10 of the 17 had not previously provided the procedure. In-depth interviews with staff from seven sites that experienced large caseload increases and from seven that experienced decreases identified three elements for the successful establishment or expansion of vasectomy services—sufficient numbers of trained providers, funds to subsidize vasectomies for men who cannot afford them and activities to raise awareness about the availability of low-cost or free vasectomy.

(Family Planning Perspectives, 29:185-186 & 190, 1997)

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