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ECafrique African Forum on Emergency Contraception

    EC Afrique

    African Forum on Emergency Contraception

    Forum African Sur La Contraception D’Urgence

    Population Council, PO Box 17643, 00500 Nairobi,


    +254 (0) 20 271-3480 Tel

    +254 (0) 271-3479 Fax

    [email protected]

    ECafrique is a bilingual, international network

    of health care and business processionals seeking to expand the

    availability of quality emergency contraception (EC) services in

    Africa. The network functions as a non-political, voluntary association,

    guided by consensus among members, and mindful of African’s broad

    ethnic, cultural, and political diversity. Its goals are to:

    Serve as a forum for the

    exchange of ideas among professionals in the health care and pharmaceutical

    sectors, researchers, and development specialists, engaged in efforts

    to expand quality EC services in Africa.

    Inspire interest and encourage

    new initiatives in the provision of EC services in countries where

    there is an unmet need for them.

    Build collectively the knowledge

    and experience base needed to introduce, improve, and mainstream

    the delivery of quality EC services, with a specific focus on the

    needs and challenges of Africa.

    Why ECafrique?

    ECafrique was

    established to help health care professionals address the unique

    challenges associated with introducing, delivering, and mainstreaming

    quality EC services in Africa.

    As in the rest of the world,

    history, culture, and economics have left their mark on the content

    and shape of EC services on this continent. Africa’s colonial legacy,

    for example, has forged a linguistic divide that, to this day, impedes

    the flow of knowledge between east and west. Africa’s religious

    diversity has also contributed, in no small part, to often divergent

    attitudes regarding contraception, reproductive rights, gender equity,

    and indeed sexuality itself. In the area of health care, the overwhelming

    dominance of the public sector continues to determine such factors

    as commodity provision and the allocation of resources for research

    and service delivery support. And finally, at a more basic level,

    the low prevalence of routine contraception and the rapid spread

    of HIV/AIDS have forced planners everywhere to think carefully about

    EC and its proper role within the service delivery system.

    While it is true that many of

    the concerns associated with EC are common across all regions, many

    of them are not. And in those cases, researchers and practitioners

    have benefited enormously from sharing ideas and experiences with

    those confronting the same challenges. ECafrique was established

    to facilitate that sharing process.

    Our Objectives

    Foster dialogue within the health

    community on a broad range of issues relating to the introduction,

    delivery and mainstreaming of EC activities.

    Facilitate intra-regional collaboration

    on behalf of efforts to develop and evaluate practical tools and

    research related to the delivery and mainstreaming of EC services.

    Regularize the use of EC within

    national health care systems and promote its incorporation into

    relevant technical and service delivery guidelines.

    Support commercial and/or social

    marketing initiatives to distribute EC wherever appropriate.

    Serve as a resource registry

    of individuals and institutions, able to provide technical assistance

    in support of efforts to introduce or mainstream EC services in


    Serve as a recognized and respected

    source of accurate, up-to-date information on all forms of EC.

    Make more accessible, research

    findings and other information on EC, either from outside Africa

    or from sources published in languages not readily understood by

    anglophone or francophone audiences.

    Link network partners and members

    with other EC networks and groups.

    To realize these objectives,

    ECafrique publishes a quarterly newsletter on EC-related

    activities in Africa. It uses appropriate electronic media to foster

    dialogue on EC and, when requested by members, it prepares responses

    to the dissemination of inaccurate or biased information. Other

    activities include the dissemination of existing service delivery

    tools and the development of new resource materials for improving

    and expanding the delivery of quality EC services.

    Our Members

    ECafrique draws its membership

    from professionals in the governmental, non-governmental, and private

    sectors. Its members include interested individuals, as well as

    representatives of ministries of health, the pharmaceutical industry,

    and the international development community.


    ECafrique and its activities

    are made possible by the generous financial support of the William

    and Flora Hewlett Foundation.