Sexual and reproductive health

Community-based health workers can safely and effectively administer injectable contraceptives

Conclusions from a technical consultation

World Health Organization, U.S. Agency for International Development, Family Health International (FHI)


Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2009
Languages: Englis, French - Web only


In June 2009, a technical consultation held at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva concluded that evidence supports the introduction, continuation, and scale-up of community-based provision of progestin-only injectable contraceptives. The group of 30 technical and programme experts reviewed scientific and programmatic experience, which largely focused on the progestin-only injectable, depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA). The experts found that community-based provision of progestin-only injectable contraceptives by appropriately trained community health workers (CHWs) is safe, effective, and acceptable. Such services should be part of a family planning programme offering a range of contraceptive methods.