Expanding access to emergency contraception in the Arab world: Lessons learned from Tunisia


Thu, 03/08/2012 - 3:30pm

Emergency contraception (EC) represents a class of medications or devices that can be used after sex to prevent pregnancy.  In 2001, Tunisia became the first country in the Arab world to register a dedicated emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). However, outside of Tunisia, EC is not widely available in in the region. Why?

After providing an overview of the status of family planning and abortion, this lecture will focus on the current status of EC in the region and will then turn to the journey of EC in Tunisia and will showcase how the overarching sexual and reproductive health context facilitated the introduction of a “new” reproductive health technology. In a region in which nearly one fourth of all pregnancies are unintended, EC continues to hold considerable promise for addressing women’s pregnancy prevention and reproductive health needs. The lecture will conclude by offering some reflections on the lessons learned and priorities for expanding EC access.

Learning Objectives:
•    Learn about the sexual and reproductive health context in the Middle East and North Africa
•    Describe the introduction of emergency contraception in Tunisia
•    Identify different avenues for expanding access to emergency contraception in the region

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottowa

MENAS Colloquium Series
co-sponsor: American Institute of Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

Spring 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
3.30pm in Marshall 490