Access to emergency contraception: A review of challenges and perspectives around the world
Presentation at American Public Health Association 136th Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, 25-29 October
Vernon,Ricardo; Fernandez Cerdeno,Araceli; Keesbury,Jill; Khan,M.E.; Hossain,Sharif Mohammed Ismail
Publication date: 2008
This paper presents a review of the programmatic efforts in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to make emergency contraception available around the world, the main challenges service provider organizations have faced, and the strategies that have been used to overcome these challenges. We synthesize the advocacy, training, IEC, and product distribution strategies that have proven more effective in the different contexts, the resources that programs have found more useful, and the degree to which these activities have made emergency contraception known to women in different countries in the three regions. The paper builds on a review of the literature and three regional papers commissioned to consultants who got in contact with programs in different countries.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to explain what have been the most successful strategies in increasing access to emergency contraception around the world.