This report describes a south-to-south collaboration to assist the Ministry of Health of Pakistan to introduce emergency contraception (EC) into its family planning program, supported by the Population Council’s USAID-funded Frontiers in Reproductive Health (FRONTIERS) program. The collaboration consisted of a three-day visit by senior managers from the Pakistani health authorities to Bangladesh to familiarize them with the EC program in that country, followed by a two-day consultative meeting in Islamabad to draw up concrete plans for introduction of the method into the Pakistan system. Participants at the consultation developed plans to introduce EC into both community-based distribution and clinical programs. The plans included staff training; commodity logistics; and development of information, education, and communication materials, many of which will be adapted from materials used in other EC projects in the region supported by FRONTIERS. The activity successfully met its goals. Providing south-to-south technical assistance was demonstrated to be an effective strategy for introducing sensitive services and is recommended for other regions and similar services.
Khan, M.E., Gul Rashida, Sharif M.I. Hossain, Ali M. Mir, and Ubaidur Rob. 2008. "Introduction of emergency contraceptive pills in the public health system of Pakistan: A south-to-south collaboration," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Frontiers in Reproductive Health