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L4HEWs – The Key to LARC Growth?

Could experienced Health Extension Workers (L4HEWs) be the key to catalysing uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) in Ethiopia?

An 8-month pilot conducted at 52 health posts in four regions in 2016-17 suggests that L4HEWs have the ability to effectively provide LARC insertion and removal following intensive training.

The pilot, which included data from 702 clients who received LARCs from L4HEWs, showed that efforts should be taken to ensure site readiness and increase the capacity of L4HEWs, particularly regarding IUD insertion and removal.