Self-Injectable Contraceptives Could Be Life-Saver in Africa – Health Experts

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Self-injectable contraceptives, which are being trialled in Uganda and Senegal, could revolutionise women’s lives in rural Africa and dramatically cut maternal and newborn deaths, health experts said on Tuesday.

The disposable $1 device consists of a small needle connected to a plastic bubble containing the contraceptive Depo-Provera which can be squeezed to inject a dose that lasts three months.

Self-injectables could have a major impact on the lives of women who cannot access clinics or who face opposition to contraceptive use from their partners, said the global health organisation PATH which has designed the device called Sayana Press.

“This is a life-saver. This is a game-changer for family planning,” PATH’s Emmanuel Mugisha told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at Women Deliver, the world’s biggest women’s health and rights conference in a decade.


Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

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