Assessing the Effects of mCenas! SMS Education on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Self-Efficacy Related to Contraception in Mozambique

This report describes an assessment E2A conducted of a comprehensive text message program for youth, called mCenas!. mCenas! was implemented by Pathfinder International, with assistance from Dimagi, Inc., from September 2013 to June 2014, in Mozambique’s Matola district of Maputo province and Inhambane City district of Inhambane province. mCenas! targeted youth 15-24 in an interactive two-way SMS system that engaged them with narrative and informational messages to increase their knowledge about contraceptive methods, dispel common myths around contraception, and address common barriers youth face regarding use of contraception. E2A undertook the study to generate evidence on whether delivering information on contraception via SMS is acceptable to youth 18-24 in Mozambique and could lead to improvement in their contraceptive knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy. The study also offers youth perspectives on barriers to accessing and utilizing sexual and reproductive health services.