The majority of contraceptive services in Nigeria are offered in private settings, including Patent Medicine (PM) shops. PM shops are informal businesses owned by Patent Medicine Vendors (PMVs) licensed to sell patent or proprietary drugs. Injectable contraception is the most popular modern contraceptive method in Nigeria. However PMVs are not regulated to sell or administer injectable contraceptives because the businesses do not receive formal training. Despite this, some PMVs are selling and administering injectable methods in response to high demand. The Evidence Project, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, conducted implementation research to: demonstrate the feasibility of PMVs administering all available forms of injectable contraception; and understand women’s experiences using injectable contraception. The brief describes the intervention which included training of PMVs so that they have the necessary skills and information to sell, counsel, and refer for all contraceptive methods, as well as administer all injectable contraceptives.
"Strengthening the role of patent medicine vendors in the provision of injectable contraception in Nigeria," Activity brief. Washington, DC: Population Council, The Evidence Project, 2015.
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