Exploring the Potential for Private Pharmacies to Provide Family Planning Services in Senegal

In Senegal, the National Action Plan for Family Planning (NAPFP) 2012–2015 and the National Strategic Framework for Family Planning 2016–2020 adopted a multi-sectoral approach to broaden access to family planning (FP) services and to reach 45% modern contraceptive prevalence (mCPR) by 2020 (NAPFP, 2012). The private sector and community actors are key partners with the public sector in implementing this approach. However, private pharmacies have not been actively involved in the provision of FP services due to legal and nonlegal barriers that limit their role to selling contraceptives and providing method-specific advice. As Senegal seeks to involve the private sector in improving access to FP, this study found that the country is in an optimal position to increase the role of private pharmacies in FP, which could contribute to the country reaching its mCPR goals. 
This package of two briefs and three reports is expected to interest policymakers in Senegal and in the countries of the Ouagadougou Partnership, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) and the Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working to increase the role of the private sector in family planning in Senegal, as well as policy makers and program designers around the world who are exploring the process of task delegation for FP services.
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