Drug Shops and Pharmacies: Sources for family planning commodities and information
Evidence shows that with appropriate training and support, pharmacy and drug-shop staff can facilitate the use of modern contraception, especially in urban slums and rural areas where the unmet need is high, access is poor, and health-worker shortages and other barriers prevent men, women, and youth from accessing family planning services.
This 8-page brief describes the importance of these outlets for distributing commodities and information and outlines key issues for planning and implementing programs to support pharmacy and drugshop staff. Drug shops are emphasized, as they are less familiar to the family planning community as potential outlets for contraception.
Date: June 2013