EC Status and Availability

Ethiopia

EC knowledge among women of reproductive age: 19.0% (DHS 2011)

Contraceptive Use: 18.7% (DHS 2011, ever use of a modern method among women of reproductive age)

Registered LNG-EC products:

  • Emcon - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Levonorgestrel Richter* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Optinor - Available only from family planning clinics (applies to Optinor in most countries)
  • Postinor-2* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Postpill - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Revoke 1.5* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)

Products marked with * have been approved by a stringent regulatory authority, such as the WHO Prequalification Programme, the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, or other.

Where at least one type of ECP is available: Public sector clinics, IPPF-affiliated system, Social marketing programs (eg PSI, DKT, MSI and PSIA)

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: No

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: National FP Norms, Essential Medicines List, Post-rape care guidelines

Pricing information: The median price of LNG EC in the public sector is $0.45, and the median price of LNG EC in the private sector is $0.49, as of September 2016.

Other relevant information: Ethiopia's 2015 Essential Medicines List does include EC at the 0.75 mg levonorgestrel regimen.

Regarding pill brands available in Ethiopia, Emcon is available in the commercial sector. It is not clear if Optinor is actually available as of May 2013. In addition, NorLevo and Postinor have both been imported by donors in the past.

EC distributed via IPPF outlets (10,000 - 20,000 in 2012).

In Ethiopia, the lowest cadre of health workers allowed to sell/dispense ECPs in the public sector is health extension workers. The lowest cadre of health workers allowed to sell/dispense ECPs in the private sector is nurses. (Data as of 2013.) (USAID/DELIVER, Contraceptive Security Indicators, 2013)

In 2013, EC was procured by the government. No stock-outs were reported at the central level (JSI/Deliver data).

1.4% of unmarried sexually active contraceptive users used EC in 2013 in Ethiopia according to PMA2020 data.

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