Three years ago, when Benin hovered near the bottom of the world statistics on contraceptive prevalence, and all we heard from naysayers was how “impossible and culturally sensitive” family planning is in the country, I might not have bet very much on this [the introduction of Sayana Press] being a success. But it has been so far, and all signs show it promises to go further, even faster.
On September 26, World Contraception Day 2017, the Beninese Ministry of Health will formally launch Sayana Press—a small, easy-to-use, prefilled, three-month injectable contraceptive that is expanding the contraceptive method mix. Given the enthusiastic response from clients, service providers, and policymakers, Sayana Press has the potential to revolutionize contraceptive use in Benin.
Community health workers can meet women in their homes to provide accurate information, counseling, and contraceptives. This intimate service provision allows women and men to decide for themselves, perhaps for the first time, the number, timing, and spacing of their children.