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DMPA-SC Access Collaborative and Learning and Action Networks

An initiative led by PATH in partnership with John Snow, Inc., the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative works with ministries of health and partners to strengthen scale-up and build a robust global market introduction for DMPA-SC as an important addition to the full range of contraceptive options.

The DMPA-SC Access Collaborative

Led by PATH and John Snow, Inc., since 2017 the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative has been working with ministries of health and partners across public and private sectors in more than 20 countries to facilitate DMPA-SC country introduction and scale-up planning and provide technical assistance to ensure implementation of each country’s total market plan. Focus countries include Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia.

The Access Collaborative provides ministries of health and country partners with a range of support, including dedicated technical assistance to integrate DMPA-SC alongside other methods in national family planning programs. The Access Collaborative also shares information gathered across countries with international donors to help shape the global market for DMPA-SC, with the ultimate aim of dependable supply available at affordable prices.

Learning and Action Networks

A key role of the Access Collaborative is to facilitate information exchange and learning within and among countries by sharing evidence results and lessons learned, and encouraging and facilitating discussion of , troubleshooting programmatic challenges and opportunities to help , and accelerateing the adoption of best practices for the scale-up of DMPA-SC and self-injection.

The Access Collaborative facilitates two interactive, virtual Learning and Action Networks (LANs)—one Anglophone and one Francophone. The LANs host workshops, webinars, and virtual discussion groups on topics including self-injection, the private sector, monitoring, and lower cost training methods, the latest research, and more. They also share links to new evidence and information and other webinars and events of interest to the community.

We encourage new country partners to join our efforts. For more information, contact us at FPoptions@path.org.