How the right contraceptive can change a woman’s life

July 31, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

How the right contraceptive can change a woman’s life

PATH’s Sara Tifft describes the global effort that’s helping expand family planning options in four African nations, starting with Burkina Faso


It’s about choice. All women, no matter where they live, should have access to a range of contraceptive options that allow them to make an informed choice and meets their needs – for the sake of their own health and the health of their children and communities. When a woman finds the right contraceptive, it changes her life.

This month in Burkina Faso, in the heart of west Africa, a new form of contraceptive is being launched to do just that. Sayana Press, which PATH helped to develop, has the potential to reach tens of thousands of women who want the choice of an injectable contraceptive, but who live far from clinics where the injections are given.

Sayana Press combines a lower dose formulation of the widely used contraceptive Depo-Provera® with the BD Uniject™ injection system. Uniject, which PATH developed, is a small, prefilled syringe that is easy to transport, easy to use, and designed to reach people wherever they live.


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