In September 1997, the Population Council and Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) launched a 15-month study to identify and explore the range of issues relating to the introduction of emergency contraception (EC) within a developing country context. The study allowed clinic-based family planning providers to accumulate enough first-hand experience to be able to identify strategies for overcoming difficulties associated with the introduction or delivery of EC services. One issue on most participants’ minds was the need to expand the delivery of EC services toward young women, especially out-of-school women, who are harder to reach. Participants recommended that future research activities look beyond school-based health facilities and focus on institutions such as pharmacists, peer counselors, youth clubs, community organizations, or even sports associations. The findings of the 1997 UTH study on EC indicated the kinds of facilities young people were likely to reject, but provided little indication of what types of outlets they might prefer. As noted in this report, the present study was designed with that objective in mind.
Skibiak, John P., Mangala Chambeshi-Moyo, and Yusuf Ahmed. 2001. "Testing alternative channels for providing emergency contraception to young women." Nairobi: Population Council.