On the island of Idjwi in the Congo it is common for a woman to have 8 or more children, for some that means giving birth every year. She is often exhausted because in addition she has to perform hard manual labour to survive. At present the husbands are not educated in family planning and do not want to use condoms.
In Congolese society the King and Queen of a region are highly respected and under a family planning education programme, Her Majesty Esperance of Idjwi and her aide Henriette have succeeded in educating 4,560 women. These women now want to take control of their lives and their bodies and either stop having more children altogether or would like to increase the spacing between children to allow their bodies to recover before falling pregnant again. Their preferred option is a contraceptive implant protecting them for upto 3 years.
In the 12 months to the end of April 2014 only 43 women were able to afford an implant. The cost of the implant is £5 ($7) including insertion by trained staff using sterile equipment in one of 3 medical clinics on the island.
Kalash Tribal dance troupe is offering help on a one to one basis. We are hoping that our dance sisters and brothers all over the world from Europe to the US would like to 'partner' a woman on Idjwi.
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