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Uptake of LARCs Amongst New Users: Testing a Service-Delivery Model for Youth in Ethiopia

Ethiopia

This policy brief describes a study conducted by E2A, in collaboration with Pathfinder International’s Integrated Family Health Program Plus, at 20 youth-friendly health service sites, split between the Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia. The study tested a model for offering contraceptive counseling and services to young people that includes long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

The service-delivery model tested at intervention sites included:

  • Competency-based skills training on implant and intrauterine device insertion, removal, and infection control
  • Refresher training for peer educators to counsel (dispel myths and misperceptions) on safety and effectiveness of LARCs and refer
  • Supportive supervision

The model shows promise for offering LARCs to youth.

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