Marie Stopes International and the Population Council conducted a study on the knowledge and practice of misoprostol provision among pharmacy workers in Senegal, as part of the Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP) research program. This study helped guide strategies for expanding provision and proper delivery in pharmacies of misoprostol, a drug which is highly effective and acceptable for treating postpartum hemorrhage and post-abortion complications. Amplified communication about the product can contribute to an increase in demand from providers in all sectors. However, as demand for the product increases, the supply chain must be strengthened to respond effectively and avoid shortages. The Ministry of Health has committed to working to ensure the availability of essential medicines, including misoprostol, and to train pharmacy workers to allow them to sell misoprostol safely for gynecological purposes.
Ndao, Ramatoulaye, Nafissatou Diop, Kate Reiss, Eva Burke, Thoai Ngo, Katharine Footman, and Maaike Van Min. 2015. "Knowledge and provision practices of misoprostol among pharmacies in Senegal," STEP UP Evidence Brief. Dakar: Marie Stopes International and Population Council.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)