Background: Sayana® Press (SP), a subcutaneous formulation of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) in Uniject™, has potential to be a valuable innovation in family planning (FP) because it may overcome logistic and safety challenges in delivering intramuscular DMPA (DMPA IM). However, SP's acceptability is unknown. We measured acceptability of SP among clinic-based providers (Senegal only) and community health workers.
Study design: This open-label observational study was conducted in clinics in three districts in Senegal and community-based services in two districts in Uganda. Providers administered SP to clients seeking reinjection of DMPA IM. We conducted in-depth interviews with 86 providers (52 in Senegal, 34 in Uganda) to assess their experiences providing SP to clients.
Results: Almost all providers (84/86; 98%) preferred SP over DMPA IM. The main reason Uganda providers preferred SP was the prefilled/all-in-one design made preparation and administration easier and faster. Some providers thought the SP all-in-one feature may decrease stock outs (DMPA IM requires syringe and vial). Providers also felt clients preferred the shorter SP needle because it is less intimidating and less painful. Similarly, the main reasons Senegal providers preferred SP were its characteristics (prefilled/all-in-one) and client preference (especially less pain). They also saw a potential to increase access to FP, especially through community-based distribution. Providers from both countries reported SP introduction would be enhanced through client counseling and community engagement. Providers also said SP must be accessible, affordable and in stock.
Conclusion: Almost all providers preferred SP over DMPA IM. Provider recommendations should be considered during SP introduction planning.
Implications: We found that SP was acceptable to both clinic-based FP providers and community health workers. Providers' positive attitudes towards SP may facilitate introduction and uptake of this method.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01667276.
Keywords: Community health worker; Contraception; Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA); Subcutaneous injection.
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