183891 Access to emergency contraception: A review of challenges and perspectives around the world

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ricardo Vernon, PhD , Frontiers in Reproductive Health Program, Population Council, Mexico City, Mexico
Araceli Fernandez Cerdeno, MS , University of California, San Diego / San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Jill Keesbury , Reproductive Health Program, Population Council, New York, NY
M. E. Khan, Dr , Population Council, New Delhi, India
Sharif Mohammed Ismail Hossain, MPH , Population Council, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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 EC 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.

Learning Objectives:
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.

Keywords: Contraception, Access and Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I prepared the proposal leading to funding of the study and have supervised and coordinated the team that produced the report of the study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.