WCG’s Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) Project is Proud to Support an Agreement to Increase Access to Hormonal IUDs in Africa
SAN DIEGO – WCG, an international nonprofit providing contraceptive access for girls and women throughout the world to improve their reproductive health and wellness, proudly supports the initiative to increase access to Medicines360’s hormonal IUD (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) in Madagascar through its Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) project. The EECO project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
In 2015, less than ½ of the total demand for family planning was being met by modern contraceptive methods in 54 countries. 34 of the countries were in Africa1 which illustrates the significant gaps in contraception.
“The goal of EECO is to support the introduction of new woman-initiated technologies to meet the needs of women and girls, which is why we are a proud supporter of this agreement,” explains Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global. “Increased access to the hormonal IUD further delivers on WCG’s commitment to family planning by providing women in African countries access to a safe, long-acting, reversible contraceptive option.”
Under the agreement, product introduction will begin via Population Services International in Madagascar with additional countries to follow.
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WomanCare Global is an international nonprofit that provides women access to contraceptive choices and removes barriers that stand between women and their reproductive options. WomanCare Global uses private sector business principles in developed markets, making it sustainable to operate in emerging markets worldwide.
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EECO is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this press release are the sole responsibility of WCG and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
1 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, Trends in Contraceptive Use Worldwide, New York, 2015.
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