Data has the power to convey the lived experiences of women and adolescents, highlighting the importance and potential of expanding choices to reduce unmet need for contraception. Self-injection data is often missing in routine family planning measurement and evaluation. Programs need an accurate measure of uptake of new options and self-care approaches to better understand the needs of women and adolescents, help ensure a contraceptive method mix and quality of care, and influence policy and procurement planning across development and humanitarian settings.
On March 22-25, 2021, the PATH-JSI Access Collaborative hosted a virtual convening to prioritize the use of routine family planning data in policy and programming. Nearly 330 individuals from more than 40 countries attended this four-day workshop that spotlighted DMPA-SC self-injection to catalyze discussion, learning, and country action—not only for this contraceptive option, but for broader family planning and self-care initiatives.
The workshop closed with four calls to action:
Presentation slides and video recordings from the workshop are available here in the Resource Library and also linked below: