Community health worker provision of family planning is recognized as a high-impact practice for extending reproductive services to women, especially those who live in hard-to-reach areas. The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) offers women a second chance to prevent an unwanted pregnancy in the event of failure to use a contraceptive method, failure of the method itself, and rape. Globally, only a third of social marketing programs distribute ECPs, and the proportion is even smaller among community-based family planning programs. Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) supports the integration of ECPs into community-based family planning programs to ensure more women can prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Community-based family planning (CBFP) is a high-impact practice for extending reproductive services to women, especially those who live in hard-to-reach places. Condoms, oral contraceptive pills, injectable contraceptives, and even self-injection are provided by community health workers through family planning programs. Yet many of these programs do not include emergency contraceptive pills. APC grantee WellShare International started researching why a method with no medical contraindications was excluded from the CBFP method mix in Uganda.