IS EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE ACCESSIBILITY A BARRIER IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES? A REVIEWAbstract
Significant portion of maternal death in developing countries was attributed to induced abortions secondary to unwanted pregnancies. Using emergency contraception as a backup method can contribute to reduce unwanted pregnancy secondary to method failure, contraception non-use and also rape. The need for emergency contraception is clearly demonstrated by the occurrence of unwanted pregnancy and induced abortion. If emergency contraception were easily available and distributed through clinics and non-clinics channels along with appropriate advocacy activities millions of unwanted pregnancy and abortions could be averted. There is a growing concern about the prevention of unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion to minimize maternal death and this review concentrates on accessibility barriers related to emergency contraceptives that limit its use among women of reproductive age groups.
Zewdneh Shewamene *, Befikadu Legesse and Zelalem Eteffa
Lecturer, University of Gondar, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, P.O.Box: 196, Gondar, Ethiopia
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