Providing family planning and reproductive health services in factory settings: Lessons from Port Said, Egypt

This research brief provides lessons for providing family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services in a factory setting, based on lessons learned from and Evidence Project intervention implemented in Port Said, Egypt. The number of workers in the industrial sector in Egypt is about 2.6 million, most of them of childbear­ing age. Women account for more than 50% of the workforce in some sectors, like the garment sector. Given the high proportions of workers of reproductive ages in factory settings, it is crucial that those workers are reached with FP information and FP/RH services.

As part of a larger study to assess the effect of an intervention to increase awareness off FP/RH topics, the Evidence Project facilitated the establishment of a Women’s Health Clinic in the Investment Zone of Port Said with support from PFCMA, the Investors’ Association in Port Said, and Etisalat Foundation. The clinic can serve a population of nearly 20,000 female workers in the Investment Zone. This brief offers recommendations for providing FP/RH services in a factory setting, including selecting a service delivery model, clinic beneficiaries, services offered, location and layout, pricing, staffing, and more.