Long-Acting and Permanent Methods Community of Practice – Technical Meeting

Publish Date: April 2019
Author: MCSP

The levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) is one of the most effective forms of reversible contraception with efficacy rates similar to subdermal implants and copper intrauterine devices (IUDs). Although the LNG-IUS has proved to be a popular choice with women in developed countries where the method is available, and it has helped revitalize the IUD market in some settings, the method is not currently available at scale outside of the commercial sector in any of the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) focus countries, and thus access to the larger population for this method is limited in these settings.

In light of this, on December 4, 2018, the Long-Acting and Permanent Methods Community of Practice (LAPM COP) convened a technical meeting to provide an overview of the current global efforts to increase access to LNG-IUS in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), review the evidence and explore approaches to expanding access to family planning (FP), and share learning from pilot introduction activities in Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


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