“Displaced people are like every other human being, they want, they need the advantage of family planning. They are asking only for services to be available for them, affordable for them, and acceptable for them,” said Dr. Grace Kodindo in a recent interview with ECSP about the challenges of family planning
in conflict regions. The OB/GYN from Chad calls for family planning services to be included in the provisions made for displaced and refugee communities.
Kodindo identified five key barriers to family planning for displaced people, including a lack of coherent policies for displaced people in host countries and a lack of awareness and attention by donors to family planning. Other barriers include the lack of access in remote areas, and a lack of knowledge and therefore demand.
However, in many cases family planning services are very much in demand. One refugee mother compared herself to a “hen being followed by many chicks,” said Kodindo, who “ask[s] the government and the donors to give and to make policy that can really facilitate the provision of services and to provide funding so that services can be available to all these people.”
Kodindo, who recently spoke at a Wilson Center panel on “Family Planning in Fragile States,” is also speaking in DC on Thursday, June 3 at a showing of the documentary about her work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Grace Under Fire.