Promoting Hormonal Implants within a Range of Long-Acting and Permanent Methods: The Tanzania Experience
Hormonal implants are proving to be increasingly popular among Tanzanian women, according to national-level service statistics at public-sector health facilities. The reasons for this popularity include the hormonal implant’s convenience, ease of insertion, and long-lasting effectiveness. Another factor contributing to the implant’s success is that the method is being provided in Tanzania primarily by nurses (in addition to doctors), which means that it can be offeredat health centers and dispensaries.One of the challenges to increasing the availability of implants has been ensuring sufficient commodities to meet demand—an issue that many family planning programs face. This brief describes EngenderHealth’s approach for supporting the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) in introducing and expanding access to long-acting and permanent methodsof contraception (LA/PMs), focusing specifically on challenges and lessons learned related to hormonal implants..