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Prosper Nigarura, 37, is the evangelist at the New life Church in Jesus Christ on the outskirts of Bujumbura
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Transforming attitudes within families

In Burundi, there has been promising evidence of changing attitudes around family planning through working with faith leaders.

Burundi is not only one of the world’s poorest countries, but also one of the most densely populated in Africa. On average, women give birth six times during their lives. Their freedom to plan a life beyond the family home is therefore greatly inhibited.

In two-thirds of cases, religious teaching is given as the reason for rejecting the use of family planning methods.

The ITL project has been engaging faith leaders around the topic of family planning and opening up discussions around biblical interpretations on the matter.

One of the key challenges that faith leaders have been helping to address is lack of communication between husbands and wives around the subject of family planning.

The results

64%
...of women now speak regularly and openly about birth spacing and birth control (up from 12%)
Based on a sample of the families from the communities the project is working with.
36%
...of men now speak regularly and openly about birth spacing and birth control (up from 12%)
Based on a sample of the families from the communities the project is working with.

The challenges of family planning

Hear from a local pastor, Ernest Nisubire and the Archbishop of Burundi, on biblical interpretations relating to family planning and the challenges they represent, as well as from ‘animators’ who are working in the local communities.