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Contraceptive continuation in a humanitarian setting.

Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health services has improved in humanitarian settings.

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Although access to SRH services has improved in humanitarian settings, a 2012-2014 evaluation of SRH in humanitarian settings showed limited progress for contraceptive services relative to other SRH components.(Chynoweth S K, 2015). Overall, the findings of the 2012-2014 global evaluation reflected the limited attention given to the provision of contraceptives in humanitarian settings.Recent evidence suggests that contraceptives, including a broad range of methods, can be effectively provided and will be used by women and men in humanitarian settings.(Casey SE et al, 2013, and Ward D, et al 2015). However, no data on contraceptive continuation in these settings.

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Photo of Ashley Tillman

Hi Eunice, great to have you in the Challenge! I am curious your thoughts on why that might be the case, and if you've seen any potential interventions that might be helpful in this situation?

Photo of Eunice Kajala

Hi Ashley, thanks for your question, according to the North Kivu-DRC study(see the attachment), it shows that, no data on contraceptive continuation in humanitarian settings. This means, our evidence based decision making , will be limited, or short off data.The approach is first, to promote data collection on contraceptive continuation in humanitarian settings, secondly, conduct studies or surveys on the women contraceptive needs and preferences on their continuation phase.Third, add the intervention based on their needs and preferences.Based on the North Kivu-DRC study, the high percentage of women continuing contraceptive use, demonstrates that women will choose to initiate and continue use of their desired contraceptive method, even in a difficult, unstable and low contraceptive prevalence setting like North Kivu.Through proper data collection and data from surveys/studies, we will be able to see, what women need or prefer for contraceptive continuation phase, and therefore, provide them accordingly.