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PROVIDER KNOWLEDGE ABOUT EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION IN GHANA

  • MARKUS J. STEINER (a1), ELIZABETH RAYMOND (a1), JOHN D. ATTAFUAH (a2) and MELISSA HAYS (a1)
    • Published online: 01 January 2000
Abstract

In 1996, the Ministry of Health in Ghana included emergency contraception (EC) in its newly issued National Reproductive Health Service Policy and Standards. A short survey was conducted in the summer of 1997 to evaluate health providers' knowledge of EC. Of the 325 providers interviewed, about one-third (34%) had heard of EC. No provider had sufficient knowledge to prescribe EC correctly. A well-coordinated training programme for providers will have to precede successful introduction of EC in Ghana. Moreover, a dedicated product may be critical for the successful introduction of EC in a country like Ghana, where provider knowledge is low.

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Journal of Biosocial Science
  • ISSN: 0021-9320
  • EISSN: 1469-7599
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