Commentary| Volume 81, ISSUE 3, P181-184, March 2010

Community-based health workers can safely and effectively administer injectable contraceptives: conclusions from a technical consultation

      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 program 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 program offering a range of contraceptive methods.
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