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Youth friendly pharmacies

Increasing access to youth contraception information & services through community pharmacists

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Opportunity Areas – Select those that apply

  • Other

What specific problem(s) are you trying to address? (300 character limit)

Adolescents and youth are still unable to get and use correctly contraceptives due to many reasons: •inaccessible service (limited move& finance) •stigma and judgment of non-marital sexual activity •discontinuation due to fear of side effects or negative previous experience with health worker

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address? (500 character limit)

How to encourage young people in Sudan to talk freely to the near community pharmacist about their concerns, and to ask for their contraceptives without the fear of being judged?

Who are your end users? (1000 character limit)

The end users are mainly young people (youth and adolescents) who are sexually active regardless of their marital/in union status, including secondary school students, this age groub is disproportionately affected by contraceptives use barriers among other age groubs, due to their limited ability to move around to look for service, financial dependence, inappropriate operating hour of health centers, they are also more prone to judgement from community and health workers and so they are more likely to be reluctant to admit sexual activity or simply feel embarrassed to ask for contraception. They will benefit from the community pharmacist in getting the information and contraceptives they need without fear of judgement as the pharmacist will be trained to offer such service neutrally, also the access problem will be solved as pharmacy is near to home, in addition to the privacy and confidentiality in pharmacies which are lacking in health centers.

Explain your idea. (500 character limit)

My idea is to make the pharmacy a supportive environment for young people and a place to provide youth friendly service, through trainning community pharmacists on how to interact effectively with youth regarding their contraception needs, to be neutral, offer correct information on contraceptives and their use, offer emergency and long lasting hormonal contraceptives and correct misconceptions about them, if possible offer free commodities for young people.

What is your value proposition? (500 character limit)

Youth friendly pharmacies will solve many of the youth contraceptives use barriers through: • greater convenience •accessible locations •reduced stigma as going to pharmacy is less questionable •non judgemental care •confidentiality & privacy •longer operating hours •provision of accurate information on side effects •provision of wide contraception methods, hence solve discontinuation problem •convenient for those who do not want families/ partners to know •ease and speed of service

What's different about your idea compared to current solutions? (500 character limit)

In Sudan there are no current solutions that are tailored for young people, family planning issue is still controversial, stigma and judgemental behaviors of health workers are the main barriers preventing young people from contraception access.

What are the key reasons why end users would turn to your organization over another?

  • Convenience / Accessibility: Making products accessible

What would success look like for your end users? (500 character limit)

•Accessible locations with privacy and confidentiality •wide range of methods with accurate information on use and side effects •No stigma, non judgemental care

How would you measure the impact your idea has on your end user(s) ? How will you measure the success of your program? (500 character limit)

•number of young people using contraceptives •number of long acting and emergency contraceptives used •number of young people visiting the pharmacy •rate of unwanted pregnancy 2 years after the program

What strategies will/are you testing to acquire end users? (300 character limit)

I am still thinking about this.. as mass media or ads about the idea in Sudan, might be perceived as an invitation for youth to have non marital sexual relations although this program targets both married and non married youth. I think word-of-mouth will be reasonable strategy initially.

Key partnerships - Who will you partner with to make your idea work? (500 character limit)

Sudanese pharmacists union, community pharmacies owners association, ministry of health, reproductive health specialists, pharmaceutical companies, donors...

What is your organization’s name? (150 character limit)

Ahfad university for women

Tell us more about you: (750 character limit)

Am ethar abosam, am 27 years and Sudanese, basically a pharmacist since 2011 when i graduated from university of khartoum, bachelor of pharmacy, i've then worked as hospital pharmacist for one year and community pharmacist for 3 years. I joined ahfad university for women Aug 2015 in the public health masters' program and i specialized in reproductive health. I've successfully completed the program on Aug 2017..currently am enrolled in an online course from Geneva foundation ( training on sexual and reproductive health research)... I am individual and this is my own idea from my observations, this idea includes different stake holders and the work needs collaboration from different parties: the materials to be taught, trainers, role plays

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women-led organization

Where will your idea be implemented? (200 character limit)

In Sudan initially

What do you need to get started? (500 character limit)

Permission, human resource, developing training materials, competent trainers, centers, financial resources

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • It is still in planning phase and does not exist yet.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organization Location (200 character limit)

Khartoum, Sudan

What is your organizational status?

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.



Join the conversation:

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Thank you for your post. Stigmatisation seemed to be a common problem to increase access on contraceptives for youth. An important work should be done at the health facility and also at the pharmacy level. I totally support the strategy. Good luck!

Photo of Ashley Tillman

Hi Ethar, Thanks for the post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

Don't forget to have your Idea finalized and published by November 5, 2017 at 5pm PST!