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The Government of Egypt launched its national family planning (FP) program in 1966. The early phase was mainly supply oriented and aimed at ensuring wide distribution of contraceptives primarily through pharmacies to meet rising demand. Between 1988 and 1992 a number of additional sources of FP services appeared, with an increase in clinic-based services through both the private and public sectors. In 1992 about one-fourth of users relied on pharmacies to get their FP supplies compared to about one-half in 1988. This change evolved through the influence of two forces: the initiation of a number of FP projects, and expanded and improved FP services in Ministry of Health facilities. Because of these changes in the service delivery systems, senior program managers required information on current market segmentation to identify any overlap among activities of various service delivery systems. As noted in this report, this study assessed the complementary/competitive roles of these systems. It probes into factors that influence clients movements from one type of service provision to another, and their experience with services received. Six governorates were selected and sampled.






Asia & Near East Operations Research and Technical Assistance Project