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|Title: ||Injectable Contraceptive Sales at Licensed Chemical Seller Shops in Ghana: Access and Reported Use in Rural And Periurban Communities|
|Authors: ||Lebetkin, Elena|
|Issue Date: ||1-Mar-2014|
|Publisher: ||Guttmacher Institute|
|Citation: ||International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2014, 40(1):21–27, doi: 10.1363/4002114|
|Abstract: ||CONTEXT: Most women in Ghana obtain oral contraceptives and condoms from shops run by licensed chemical
sellers, but such shops are not legally permitted to sell the country’s most widely used method, the injectable. Allowing
shops to sell the injectable could increase access to and use of the method.
METHODS: In 2012–2013, semistructured telephone interviews were conducted among convenience samples of 94
licensed chemical seller shop operators in two districts who were trained to sell the injectable and of 298 women
who purchased the method from these shops. Follow-up interviews were conducted with 92 clients approximately
three months after their initial injectable purchase.
RESULTS: Ninety-seven percent of shop operators reported selling the injectable, and 94% felt sufficiently trained to
provide family planning methods and services. Virtually all sellers (99%) referred clients to a hospital or health facility
for injection; none provided injections themselves. Fifty-six percent of injectable clients were new family planning
users. Of those who completed a follow-up interview, 79% had purchased the injectable again from a shop.
Virtually all clients (97%) reported getting their injection at the health facility to which they were referred by the
seller. Women cited trust, convenience and commodities being in stock as key reasons for purchasing from a shop.
CONCLUSION: Licensed chemical seller shop operators can safely sell the injectable and refer clients to health facilities
for screening, counseling and injection.|
|Description: ||An article published by Guttmacher Institute and also available at doi: 10.1363/4002114|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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