and Child Health Training and Research Center (WCHTRC)
The Center, which was established in 1994 by European Union
funds and in collaboration with HRDF, Istanbul University
Child Health Institute and the Ob/Gyn Department of the Istanbul
University, School of Medicine, conducts research, national
and international training programs and provides services
through an integrated approach in its premises within the
WCHTRC provides certified reproductive health, refreshment
and counseling training to physicians, nurses, midwives, pharmacists
and auxiliaries. Alongside the training activities, the Center
provides health care services, offering all reversible and
permanent methods of contraception, ante-natal and post-natal
care, MVA, well-baby care and infertility diagnosis and treatment.
Community Based Service (CBS) Delivery Model of the HRDF aims
at bringing reproductive health / family planning education
and services to the doorsteps of families in peri-urban areas,
with the involvement of volunteers and field workers from
the same neighborhood.
Field workers assist women interested in family planning to
choose a method most appropriate to their needs and preferences
and provide non-clinical contraceptive methods. Special emphasis
is placed on encouraging couples to practice modern and effective
methods and to make use of nearby public and private facilities
on health and family planning in the vicinity. Referrals to
health institutions for IUD and injectables, male and female
sterilization and also for antenatal, postnatal and infant
care services constitute the backbone of the frame of activities.
face-to-face education, diligent follow-up and a meticulous
and effective referral system bring about remarkably high
levels of acceptance and continuance for both clinical and
non-clinical methods in reproductive health / family planning.
Study findings clearly demonstrate a long-term behavior change
in contraceptive practice ensued by the CBS model of the HRDF.