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An emerging body of evidence shows that group learning — a community-based approach outside the health system — can be effective in delivering vital health information and encouraging behavior change.

WALAN is a community-based group learning approach. Young facilitators, selected by their peers, work in male/female pairs to lead community learning on fertility awareness and FP and offer counseling in two simple fertility awareness methods: Standard Days Method (SDM) and TwoDay Method.

Our findings suggest the group couples counseling approach is acceptable and effective in teaching couples how to use FAM correctly. Finally, the findings strongly suggest a demand for FAM as part of the method mix in Northern Uganda, pointing to the value of integrating FAM as part of the larger method mix among FP-focused programs and


Northern Uganda,  Amuru, Nwoya, Gulu, fertility awareness-based methods, youth facilitators, games, toolkit, FP methods