The lack of harmonized technical requirements and capacity for medicines registration jeopardizes timely access to essential medicines in many developing African countries. Due to shortages of human, technical, financial and other resources, many National Medicines Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs) in Africa do not have the full capacity to perform all the core regulatory functions.
Read our “Africa Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Initiatives” White Paper.
Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO), WCG’s flagship USAID-funded project, aims to produce roadmaps for the introduction of new, woman-initiated family planning methods via targeted, pilot introductions. EECO relies on formative research and provider and consumer input to address method-related reasons for non-use, paving the way for eventual scale-up and expansion.
EECO partner, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) conducted formative studies throughout Malawi and Zambia to inform the EECO project’s introduction and marketing of two woman-initiated, non-hormonal barrier methods. ICRW’s research focuses on understanding the social and cultural contexts of gender dynamics, as well as provider-related attitudes and beliefs about potential users and the introduction of these new family planning methods.
EECO partner, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is conducting an intensive population-based survey to evaluate the impact of mass communication techniques and interpersonal communication (IPC) activities on condom use in Lusaka, Zambia. Results from the study will provide rigorous evidence on the impact of introducing the new Woman’s Condom product on overall condom use and will highlight effective strategies to increase knowledge, acceptability, and uptake of condoms overall.
EECO partner, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is conducting an intensive population-based survey to evaluate the impact of mass communication techniques and interpersonal communication (IPC) activities on condom use in Lusaka, Zambia. The study protocol outlines the study design and research methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of multiple interventions.