Promoting and prioritising reproductive health commodities : understanding the emergency contraception value chain in South Africa.

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dc.creator Rogan, Michael J.
dc.creator Nanda, Priya.
dc.creator Maharaj, Pranitha.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-11T08:49:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-11T08:49:28Z
dc.date.created 2010
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Rogan, M., Nanda, P. and Maharaj, P. 2010. Promoting and prioritising reproductive health commodities : understanding the emergency contraception value chain in South Africa. African Journal of Reproductive Health 14(1), pp. 9-20. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/6679
dc.description.abstract Use of emergency contraception is low in South Africa despite high rates of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Existing studies have demonstrated that women access emergency contraception from commercial pharmacies rather than from public health facilities at no charge. Research has also demonstrated that awareness of emergency contraception is a key barrier to improving uptake, especially in the public health sector. This study investigates the low use of emergency contraception in South Africa and employs a qualitative value chain analysis to explore the role of market and regulatory structures in creating an enabling environment for the supply and promotion of emergency contraception. The results suggest that there are several ‘market imperfections’ and information barriers impacting on the effective supply of emergency contraception to women who are dependent on the public health sector for their health care. Balancing commercial interests with reproductive health needs, it is argued, may form a crucial part of the solution to the low uptake of emergency contraception in South Africa. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Women's Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) en
dc.subject Contraception--South Africa. en
dc.subject Contraception, Postcoital--South Africa. en
dc.subject Birth control--South Africa. en
dc.title Promoting and prioritising reproductive health commodities : understanding the emergency contraception value chain in South Africa. en
dc.type Journal article en

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