In order to create a supportive policy and service delivery environment for emergency contraception (EC) and improve uptake in Nigeria, the Population Council conducted a survey of service providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding EC, supplemented by in-depth interviews with key opinion leaders regarding their perceptions. This study revealed gaps that have implications for policy and programming. In collaboration with the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, the Population Council convened a “Day of Dialogue” on EC to discuss the key research findings and to recommend strategic considerations for repositioning EC within the country's family planning program. This report describes the broad consensus the dialogue yielded on a number of critical policy and program/service delivery issues around expansion of access to EC, including ensuring that popular brands are available, proactively employing advocates to make the case, using scientific evidence to clear up misconceptions, providing accurate information to service providers and others, and leveraging opportunities to disseminate information about EC.
Population Council Nigeria. 2013. "Day of dialogue: Expanding opportunities for increased access to emergency contraception (EC) in Nigeria," meeting report. Abuja: Population Council.
Revitalizing the Emergency Contraception Agenda