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The Access Collaborative: Putting self-injectable contraception within reach

November 2, 2020 by PATH

Led by PATH in partnership with John Snow, Inc., the Access Collaborative provides data-driven technical assistance, coordination, and tools to ensure that women in Family Planning 2020 countries have increased access to self-injection as one contraceptive option, delivered through informed choice programming.

A community health worker's travel case of family planning options including the injectable contraceptive DMPA-SC (brand name Sayana Press)

Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki

Since 2017, the Access Collaborative (AC) has been working with ministries of health and partners across public and private sectors to facilitate introduction and scale-up of the self-injectable contraceptive DMPA-SC*. While support has spanned more than 20 countries, recent priority geographies include Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia.

The AC provides dedicated technical assistance to integrate DMPA-SC alongside other methods in family planning programs—including support on monitoring and evaluation, health worker training and supervision, supply chain management, and policy advocacy. The AC also shares data and information gathered across countries with international donors to help shape the global market for DMPA-SC, with the ultimate aim of dependable supply available to meet demand. In parallel, in Uganda, the PATH AC team is working closely with the Ministry of Health and several implementing partners to coordinate and monitor scale-up of contraceptive self-injection in alignment with the national plan.

Learning and Action Networks

The AC facilitates two Learning and Action Networks (LANs)—one Anglophone and one Francophone—that include family planning program leaders and implementers from across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. These LANs allow for information exchange and learning within and among countries by sharing evidence and lessons learned, troubleshooting programmatic challenges, and accelerating the adoption of best practices for the scale-up of DMPA-SC and self-injection. The LANs host workshops, webinars, and virtual discussion groups on topics including self-injection, private sector service delivery, monitoring and evaluation, lower-cost training approaches, and more. They also share links to new evidence and information and other webinars and events of interest to the community.

We encourage new country partners to join our efforts. For information about the LANs, email dmpa-sc-lan@path.org. For more information, visit www.path.org/dmpa-sc, sign up for our newsletter, or email FPoptions@path.org.

“One must keep working for methods to be accessible, for systems to be strengthened, and women must at all times have access to information to help them make their choices.”
— Dr. Mareme Ndiaye, Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Action

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*DMPA-SC: Subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, brand name Sayana® Press. Sayana® Press is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc.

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