Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP): For healthy babies, healthy mothers, and healthy communities. Adapted from presentation by May Post, ESD Project Consultation on Faith, Family Planning, and Family Well-being , Georgetown University, April 2011.
Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP):For healthy babies, healthy mothers, and healthy communities
Adapted from presentation by May Post, ESD Project
Consultation on Faith, Family Planning, and Family Well-being, Georgetown University, April 2011
Source: Report of a Technical Consultation Report on Birth Spacing (WHO)
Babies may be:
Mothers may be:
Women under the age of 18 are twice as likely to die, and women under the age of 15 are five times more likely to die of complications compared to women over18 years of age.
Source: UNICEF, Facts for Life 3rd edition, New York, United nations Children’s Fund , 2002; WHO/UNFPA Pregnant Adolescents: Delivering on Global Promises of Hope, WHO, 2006
Delay first pregnancy until at least 18 years of age.
Kenyan mother, 2006 Mike Wang, Courtesy of Photoshare
HTSP helps women:
Girls’ secondary school is associated with:
Ian Diamond et al., “Female Education and Fertility: Examining the Links,” in Critical Perspectives on Schooling and Fertility in the Developing World, ed. Caroline H. Bledsoe et al. (Washington DC: National Academies Press, 1999): 23-45.
Involves men in making decisions about family planning, child spacing, and the health of the family.
Gives men a feeling of satisfaction when they can guarantee the well being of their families
Allows men time to emotionally and financially prepare for the birth of the next child
Communities will see:
Support men and women practice healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy.
This means that:
Advocacy: Reaching decision makers with data and evidence
Leadership: Informed leaders ensuring an enabling environment
Training: Training health workers in HTSP counseling
BCC: Producing educational materials to support HTSP BCC
Community education: Educating communities about HTSP benefits in churches, mosques, schools, workplace, community events.
“No woman should die bringing life into the world
no child should die when we know how to save them”
UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon