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Section 3 - Barrier Methods and Reproductive Health:
Programmatic Concerns

Logistics of Storage and Supply

Condom storage facility

Slide 46

Storage of barrier methods is an important consideration for family planning programs, just as it is for individuals. It is important to protect the stock from heat, light, water, pests or pollution, using proper storage techniques, illustrated in this slide. This is especially true for latex condoms.

When properly stored in temperate climates, most barrier method products will last up to five years. This is true for latex condoms as well if they were good quality when manufactured and if the packaging remains intact. The quality of the product gradually declines with age, so it is best to use stock within three years if possible.

The best way to ensure that barrier methods are not too old to use safely is to monitor the supply carefully. Because the use of barrier methods requires continuous resupply, programs need to be sure to keep adequate amounts of stock available at all distribution sites. Careful planning is necessary to estimate quantities of supplies required. Accurate record-keeping and good stock rotation are also necessary. Training staff in all the steps of supply, resupply, stock rotation, storage and record-keeping is essential.



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