Model for offering long-acting reversible contraceptives to youth shows promise in Ethiopia
Evidence shows that young people around the world tend to access and use short-acting contraceptive methods much more frequently than long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). Training providers to offer LARCs to young people in an environment where they feel comfortable and safe presents a promising approach for reducing the rampant occurrence of unintended pregnancies among those aged 15-24.
A new policy brief from E2A, Testing a Service-Delivery Model for Offering Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods to Youth in Ethiopia, discusses such an approach. From June 2014 to April 2015, E2A, in collaboration with Pathfinder International’s Integrated Family Health Program Plus (IFHP+), conducted a study at 20 youth-friendly health service sites, split between the Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia. The study tested a model for offering contraceptive counseling and services to young people that includes LARCs.