As the Uganda Ministry of Health plans for national rollout of this new option for women, PATH’s Self-injection Best Practices initiative is gathering information about how the practice can be designed and implemented at scale. The team in Uganda has applied user-centered design techniques to develop, implement, and evaluate self-injection program models across delivery channels: public-sector facilities, community-based distribution, private-sector outlets, and safe spaces for young women and adolescent girls. The first program data in mid-2018 showed that at least 3,000 women are self-injecting across four districts.
As PATH evaluates these programs, we are regularly sharing insights and lessons learned. If you are planning a self-injection program in your country please feel free to email FPoptions@path.org and sign up for our newsletter.
*DMPA-SC: Subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate
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“ It saves time to inject at home, and it’s private. Another reason is you get courage. I used to fear the needle so much. ”— Self-injection client, Uganda