New Contraceptive Technology Innovation Initiative launched

September 16, 2013 • Family Planning, Daily Email Recap

New Contraceptive Technology Innovation Initiative launched
Development of new, long-acting family planning methods designed to expand choices for women
September 12, 2013 –

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – FHI 360 announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a new Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Initiative. The primary goal of the CTI Initiative is to develop innovative, long-acting contraceptives to help expand choice and access for women most in need in low-income countries. With a strong emphasis on global partnerships, this comprehensive research and development program will focus on new technologies as well as adaptive products in order to address obstacles that limit use of highly effective family planning methods.

Currently, over 200 million women in developing countries want to avoid or delay pregnancy but are not using a contraceptive. Because long-acting family planning methods do not require regular resupply from a provider or action from users, they are ideal in settings where access to health care services is limited. In addition, existing long-acting methods have better continuation and adherence rates than shorter-acting methods, and most are more cost-effective. In some cases, however, currently available family planning methods are either unaffordable or do not meet women’s needs or preferences.

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