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Barriers to Family Planning in Iraq and Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)

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This rapid review examines evidence on the barriers to access to family planning (FP) across Iraq (including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq/ KRI). It focuses on the reported social and cultural barriers, as well as logistical barriers, to FP in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Data on internally displaced people (IDP) in Iraq and refugees in Jordan and Turkey are also included. Attitudes of SRH service providers (qualitative research and anecdotal evidence) are also discussed. The literature notes that although free FP care is provided in government health centres, research has shown poor utilisation of public services, as well as a general preference to use private services in women who can afford it. 

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