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DMPA-SC Access Collaborative & Learning and Action Networks

An initiative led by PATH in partnership with John Snow, Inc., the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative provides data-driven technical assistance, coordination, resources, and tools to ensure that women have increased access to DMPA-SC self-injection as part of an expanded range of contraceptive methods, delivered through informed choice programming.

The DMPA-SC Access Collaborative

Since 2017, the PATH-JSI 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 and self-injection introduction and scale-up planning and provide technical assistance to ensure implementation of each country’s total market plan. While support is wide-ranging across countries, recent priority geographies include Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, 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 and self-injection 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

The Access Collaborative facilitates two Learning and Action Networks (LANs)—one Anglophone and one Francophone—that include family planning program leaders and implementers from across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. These LANs allow for information exchange and learning within and among countries by sharing evidence and lessons learned, troubleshooting programmatic challenges, and accelerating the adoption of best practices for the scale-up of DMPA-SC and self-injection. The LANs host workshops, webinars, and virtual discussion groups on topics including self-injection, private sector service delivery, monitoring and evaluation, lower-cost training approaches, 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 about the LANs, email us at dmpa-sc-lan@path.org and sign up for our LAN mailing list. For other inquiries, email us at FPoptions@path.org.