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Armenian Nurses Trained to Offer In-Depth Reproductive Health Counseling

Dec 20, 2010

A role play counseling exercise among the nurses-in-training.

Recently, 80 nurses working in rural communities in Armenia were trained to offer comprehensive individual counseling and group health education classes to women who are making reproductive health decisions and choices about their children’s health.

Using “balanced counseling,” a technique developed by the Population Council, the nurses were taught to:  

  • Establish a comfortable relationship with clients
  • Ask effective questions to clarify  clients’ health needs
  • Work with clients to decide on how to best meet their and their children’s health needs
  • Engage clients in decision making.

Balanced counseling also employs job aids such as brochures and flipcharts, which IntraHealth International developed. These job aids can guide a nurse through a conversation with a client about the best family planning method for her, including a discussion about whether she plans to have children later and whether her partner supports her family planning goals. These job aids also contain pages about various modern and traditional family planning methods and other aspects of maternal and child health, including helping a woman care for her health preconception, during pregnancy, and after birth, as well as newborn care.

The training course was developed by staff from NOVA 2, a maternal and child health improvement project in Armenia, and the Erebuni State Medical College. 

Funded by USAID, NOVA2 is led by RTI and supported by IntraHealth International.