In 2010, the Reproductive Health Division in Senegal, with support from Population Council, performed an assessment of the emergency contraception (EC) integration process into the national health system through a national forum on EC. This forum revealed that there was a real promotional problem regarding EC in the national health system despite the efforts made. There was widespread lack of public awareness of the product, rumors concerning EC due to the sensitive nature of the product, low inclusion of EC in routine service delivery, especially during initial counseling in family planning awareness campaigns , and a better method of keeping service providers at pharmacies informed about EC provisions and protocols. This study’s overall objective is collecting information from Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and providers about their EC knowledge, attitudes, and practices, and understanding their options and perceptions that may influence EC policies and programs. Results from the study indicated an urgent need to improve EC accessibility and the quality of services.
Mane, Babacar, Saumya RamaRao, Martha Brady, Fatou Bintou Mbow, and Ababacar Thiam. 2012. "Attitudes, beliefs, and practices of key opinion leaders (KOL) and providers about emergency contraception (EC) in Senegal," Final survey report. Dakar: Population Council.
Revitalizing the Emergency Contraception Agenda