Objective: Sayana® Press (SP) is a unique injectable contraceptive (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA) administered subcutaneously in the Uniject(TM) injection system.(1) SP simplifies the injection process; it requires no assembly of components and is easily disposable. This new technology appears to be well suited for community-based delivery of injectable contraception. The study objective was to evaluate SP management and administration in low-resource settings, focusing on how the delivery logistics, administration time, storage and waste-management requirements compare to the traditional intramuscular DMPA injectable (DMPA IM).
Study design: We conducted 58 semistructured interviews with clinic providers and community health workers in Senegal and Uganda to identify the merits, challenges and appeal of SP relative to DMPA IM.
Results: Providers identified logistical challenges with the management and administration of DMPA IM, including stock outs, transportation, storage constraints, and, in a few instances, waste disposal. Most providers (between 63% and 88%, depending on the logistics issue) do not expect SP to either aggravate or solve those problems. Some envisioned that SP could facilitate supply management (5%), storage (11%) and waste disposal (22%). The all-in-one packaging of SP was perceived to reduce the incidence of mismatched supplies (syringes and vials), and its smaller size was expected to ease space constraints and reduce the frequency of safety box incineration.
Conclusion: Adding SP to the method mix is unlikely to have a profound impact on clinic operations but may lessen logistical problems related to supply, storage and waste management.
Implications: Community health workers and clinic providers who administer SP may see some modest improvements in service delivery logistics. Particularly in settings where service delivery logistical challenges are more pronounced, offering SP may facilitate injectable contraceptive delivery.
Keywords: Community health workers; Injectable contraception; Service delivery logistics; Uniject.
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