Experts meet to discuss unmet need for contraception

16 Jun 2016

Experts meet to discuss unmet need for contraception

group16 June 2016 - Representatvies from 27 countries and experts from agencies such as the IBP Initiative, PAHO, and WHO gathered in Lima, Peru, this week to discus how to best respond to unmet need for modern contraception in Latin America and the Caribbean.

As part of the meeting, entitled "Responding to Unmet Need for Contraception with Evidence and High Impact Practices", experts presented trends and inequities in access to and use of contraception, high impact practices and enabling environments, and tools for adolescent and youth programs.

Experts also presented on the the epidemiology, impact, and programmatic strategies for addressing the Zika virus in the region, including expanding access to LARCs. Panelelists also discussed the identification of at-risk populations and designing innovative services and programs for vulnerable populations, such as youth and indigenous communities.

During group work sessions, participants developed country-specific action plans for ensuring access to family planning in the context of the Zika epidemic. Country teams then presented their plans to the conference, providing an excellent opportunity for learning and exchange.

Additional resources:

WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use

Implementation tool

The Knowledge Gateway - Virtual collaboration and networking for health and development professionals

Family Planning HIP - High impact practices

Training Resource Package for Family Planning

GHKC - Global Health Knowledge Collaborative

K4Health - Knowledge for Health, including free courses, a journal, POPLINE, and photos

Family Planning in Latin America - a 50 year legacy

CHOICE study