Long-acting and permanent methods: addressing unmet need for family planning in Africa

Long-acting and permanent methods: addressing unmet need for family planning in Africa

The benefity of long acting permanent methods of contraception

This new evidence-based advocacy package produced by Family Health International intends to inform policy-makers, program managers, and donors on the benefits of and approaches for introducing or revitalising long-acting and permanent methods (LAPMs) within national reproductive health and family planning programs in Africa. Despite their many advantages, LAPMs are the least accessible and least used methods of family planning in sub-Saharan Africa. This class of modern contraceptive methods is comprised of four highly effective methods for delaying, spacing, or limiting births: the intrauterine device (IUD), contraceptive implants, vasectomy, and female sterilization.

The advocacy package contains eight briefs. These briefs describe the current status of family planning in Africa, including evidence that suggests a substantial unmet need for LAPMs in the region. They address the unique advantages of LAPMs and benefits to individuals, couples and national programs. They also provide examples of several pilot and national efforts that have incorporated both traditional and innovative approaches to improve and expand LAPM provision. Four method-specific briefs are also included.

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