At the London Family Planning Summit in 2012, the Government of Uganda committed to providing universal access to family planning and reducing unmet need for family planning from the current 40 percent to 10 percent by 2022. To meet this ambitious goal, all potential means of increasing accessibility to family planning must be explored.
These resources are intended to be used by advocates, program managers, policymakers, donors, ministry of health staff, and other key stakeholders to craft a strategy for building support for CBA2I among key decision makers in country. Because community-based access to injectable contraceptives (CBA2I) has the potential to significantly expand access to and use of modern contraceptive methods, several countries are employing CBA2I strategies to help achieve their FP2020 goals.
This brief provides guidance on writing policy to enable the provision of injectable contraceptives by non-clinical community health workers (CHWs) and is intended for use by policymakers and influencers who are interested in changing national policy to support the provision of injectable contraceptives by CHWs.
In September 2013, a technical consultation held in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, concluded that, in the developing world, drug shops have the potential to play a much greater role in helping women and couples achieve their family planning intentions. The group of 15 researchers and program experts found that sale of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is common in drug shops in some countries and that training, policy, research and advocacy interventions should be prioritized by funders and the family planning community.
WellShare International conducted a district assessment on readiness for community-based access to injectables and results showed that only 3 out of the 55 Health Centers in Iganga offer youth-friendly services and that less than 10 percent of Health Center staff are trained in YFS.