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Mary Dornukwor Teye

Mary Dornukwor Teye
Position: centre manager/midwife
Organization: Marie Stopes Ghana, Santasi centre
She manages a centre that counsels all clients on post abortion family planning, where an average of 90% of clients take up a free family planning method. Out of that number about 60% take up a long term method she also trains other midwives on family planning. – Gertrude Annan, midwife at Tarkwa Mine Hospital
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As at Feb,2014, when I officially started managing the centre, the percentage of clients who took up a long term or permanent method of post abortion family planning in my centre was 7.1 but as at 30/04/16, approximately 66.8% of my clients take an LAPM (66.5% implants &iuds &0.3% tubal ligation) this is a huge achievement being In a country where short term methods of family planning are the most accepted.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

At age 24,I got pregnant when I wasn't ready.As a student midwife, I knew about all modern methods of Family planning but misconceptions and fear of being tagged a bad girl prevented me from using any.Coercion from my partner got me to put my dreams of pursuing further education on hold to become a mother and a wife.A year later,at a Marie Stopes centre,my fears were allayed and misconceptions corrected in an amazing way. I took an implant and later on joined them to help other young women.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Discontinuation of method because of partner,s disapproval. I try to get the partners involved in the counselling but this is difficult as most of them do not accompany their women to the centre. I have to resolve to talking to those willing, over the phone.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

According to the 2014 Ghana Demographic health survey, 99% of men and women have knowledge of at least one contraceptive method yet only 23% of women currently use a method. From my interaction with clients, myths,misconceptions and misinformation are the reasons why they do not use Family planning. This can be addressed through Social and Behavior Change Communication and use of targeted counselling methods to address individual client needs.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I want to set up a family planning clinic in my village.

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