The health service costs of offering female condoms in South Africa’s National female condom program

By  Naomi Lince-Deroche  Bongiwe Zulu, Jackie Roseleur, Mags Beksinska  |  | 

The female condom (FC) was identified by the Reproductive Health Supplies coalition in 2011 as one of several under used reproductive health technologies with the potential to expand choice in reproductive health and family planning programs, responding to the needs of diverse clients. The FC is also key to the increasing HIV protection options for women and men. It is the only female-initiated HIV prevention method. Although FC distribution rates lag far behind those of male condoms, recently there has been a significant progress in FC technology, resulting in reduced unit costs and improved acceptability.

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