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Drug Shop Operators' Provision of Injectable Contraception

July 2021 — This handbook was written as a companion to the Community Health Worker Provision of Injectable Contraception: An Implementation Handbook published in 2018. Like community health workers, trained and supported drug shop staff providing family planning is a high-impact practice that can increase access to family planning services. Drug shops, which usually provide other short-acting family planning methods, are one strategy for increasing access to injectable contraception.

The handbook is intended for program managers, policymakers and those interested in expanding community-based family planning by working with trained and accredited drug shop operators. It covers the nine components used in the companion handbook and outlines step-by-step guidance on how to coordinate private drug shops with the public health system to safely provide an expanded method mix that includes injectable contraceptives and training clients on self-injection.