To bolster sustainable contraceptive delivery and use, USAID recently proposed a renewed focus, articulating five key areas to address unmet need for family planning: Method Choice, Total Market Approach, Family Planning Workforce, Social and Behavior Communication Change, and Strengthened Supply Systems. In its Delivering Contraceptive Vaginal Rings project, the Population Council has entered into a cooperative agreement with USAID to introduce two new modern contraceptive methods in developing markets: the progesterone contraceptive vaginal ring (PCVR), a three-month ring designed specifically for spacing while breastfeeding, and an investigational one-year contraceptive vaginal ring—the Nestorone®/EthinylEstradiol contraceptive vaginal ring (NES/EE CVR)—that can be used by sexually active women of reproductive age to delay or space pregnancies. As this project brief outlines, the Council has adopted USAID’s five focus areas in introducing the rings in developing markets. Recognizing that new technologies need to be integrated into existing procurement and logistics systems, the Council is engaged in identifying key local procurement and distribution channels and having them effectively liaise with the licensed manufacturers for both rings.
"Delivering contraceptive vaginal rings," Project brief. New York: Population Council, 2015.
The Progesterone Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: Expanding Contraceptive Options in Africa; Delivering Contraceptive Vaginal Rings; The Nestorone®/Ethinyl Estradiol One-Year Vaginal Contraceptive System