The Directorate of Family Planning, Bangladesh, the Population Council, Pathfinder International, and John Snow Incorporated collaborated to conduct this operations research study to assess the acceptability and feasibility of providing emergency contraception pills (ECP) as a backup support to existing family planning methods. The study demonstrated that all categories of health providers, including NGO outreach workers, could be effectively trained to provide ECP services. The study also demonstrated high acceptability of ECP and revealed that if used correctly, the success rate in avoiding unwanted pregnancy was extremely high. The positive findings of the study have helped the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh, to approve introduction of ECP in the National Family Planning Program. The present study thus also serves as a good demonstration of how operations research can contribute in policy decisions and how research findings can be translated into action.
Khan, M.E., Sharif M.I. Hossain, and Md. Moshiur Rahman. 2004. "Introduction of emergency contraception in Bangladesh: Using operations research for policy decisions," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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