The general purpose of this project was to increase the awareness of and access to emergency contraception (EC) among the medical community in Guatemala. Specific project objectives included: 1) training three physicians as trainers in all aspects of EC; 2) adapting and disseminating scientific literature and informational materials about the method and about EC programs in Latin America and worldwide; and 3) training at least 250 participants about the characteristics of emergency contraception, its mechanisms of action, and counseling techniques. The project concluded with several lessons for improving dissemination and policy, including: the dissemination workshops had a positive effect on social workers and health providers, the informational material provided in the training was not used as much as had been anticipated, development of a technical training team was an important achievement, and access to information needs to be improved for professionals who are the most active in implementing dissemination activities.
Kestler, Edgar and Lilian Ramirez. 2004. "Informing the medical community in Guatemala about emergency contraception," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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