Self-administered injectable contraceptives soon available in Morocco

This new contraceptive method has been introduced in Morocco, with the ambition of expanding the contraceptive options available to women, and encouraging the use of self-care interventions for health. The project was recently completed, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) press release issued on Wednesday, April 5.

The initiative is the result of a partnership between WHO, the Pan-African Organization against AIDS (OPALS), the Family Planning Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and UNFPA.

On this occasion, the person in charge of programming and family planning activities at the Ministry, Dr. Hafida Yartaoui, said that “the introduction of this new contraceptive method is fully in line with the national family planning strategy”, and added that “Furthermore, we believe that strengthening the links with partners will be beneficial for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Morocco, now and in the future”.

This project began in November 2021 during the pandemic, in seven Moroccan cities including Rabat, Salé, Beni Mellal, Marrakech and Meknes.  

In the same vein, WHO reported that in Morocco, 71% of married women use some form of contraception and 61% use a modern method, usually the contraceptive pill.

Although injectable contraception is already available in Morocco, it had to be administered by a health worker in a health facility. However, the self-administered version can be done easily and safely by the woman herself at home, and provides 12 weeks of contraceptive coverage. 

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