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A review of the evidence developed for a technical consultation on expanding access to injectable contraception.
[Research Triangle Park, North Carolina], Family Health International [FHI], 2009 Jun. 48 p.The document was prepared to facilitate deliberations for the Technical Consultation on Expanding Access to Injectable Contraceptives sponsored by the World Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, and Family Health International, scheduled to be held from 15-17 June 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland. This document summarizes the results of a literature review conducted to identify research evidence and program experience relevant to the objectives of the Technical Consultation: To review systematically the evidence and programmatic experience on interventions designed to expand access to / provision of contraceptive injectables, focusing on non clinic-based services and programs; To reach conclusions on issues: (a) for which evidence is consistent and strong; (b) for which evidence is mixed; and (c) for which evidence is marginal or entirely lacking and, thus requires additional research; To document discussions and conclusions of the Consultation, including policy and program implications, and to disseminate these widely. Use of community-based injectable services was significant in all studies reviewed. This evidence suggests that community-based delivery of injectable services by CHW is acceptable in a wide variety of settings. (Excerpts)
Community-based health workers can safely and effectively administer injectable contraceptives: Conclusions from a technical consultation.
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, FHI, 2009. 4 p.In June 2009, a technical consultation held at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva concluded that evidence supports the introduction, continuation, and scale-up of community-based provision of progestin-only injectable contraceptives. The group of 30 technical and programme experts reviewed scientific and programmatic experience, which largely focused on the progestin-only injectable, depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA). The experts found that community-based provision of progestin-only injectable contraceptives by appropriately trained community health workers (CHWs) is safe, effective, and acceptable. Such services should be part of a family planning programme offering a range of contraceptive methods. (Excerpt)