Despite Illegality, Drug Shops in Uganda Provide Injectable Contraceptives

In Uganda, informal drug shops are common providers of the injectable contraceptive, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), even though its sale and administration by such shops is illegal, according to a new study by John Stanback of Family Health International et al. Released in the March 2011 issue of International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, the study reports on 124 drug shops that provide DMPA in three rural districts of the country. Given Uganda's low modern contraceptive prevalence rate and shortage of health workers, the authors believe a strong case can be made for building the capacity of drug shop operators to safely provide DMPA, which is the most popular modern contraceptive method in the country.

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