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Barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health, family planning and safe abortion services for persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons have limited knowledge regarding SRH services and products, including FP and safe abortion.

21 June 2022
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Knowledge about the barriers to accessing health care for persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups has increased significantly in recent years. However, the availability of data is still a challenge in many countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the lack of data makes it difficult for government and partners to have clear strategies to facilitate access to health care for persons with disabilities, particularly in sexual and reproductive health and family planning (SRH/FP).

To address this gap, Options conducted a study from December 2021-January 2022 to explore the barriers persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups1
encounter in accessing sexual and reproductive health services, and the context in which SRH/FP services are offered to persons with disabilities. This brief presents a summary of the main findings from this study and appropriate recommendations to different actors working in the SRH/FP sector in DRC.

Focus areas
Reproductive health and Family Planning
UK aid

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