EC Status and Availability

Pakistan

EC ever use among women of reproductive age: 1.0% (DHS 2012-13, among currently married women)

EC knowledge among women of reproductive age: 24.1% (DHS 2012-13, among currently married women)

Contraceptive Use: 48.0% (DHS 2012-13, ever use of a modern method among currently married women)

Registered LNG-EC products:

  • ECP - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Emkit - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Emkit Plus - 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, Private clinics, Pharmacies, IPPF-affiliated system, Social marketing programs (eg PSI, DKT, MSI and PSIA), Community health distribution

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: No

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

Other relevant information: Postinor appears to be available in Pakistan but, according to the manufacturer, is not registered in Pakistan. There are also a number of other local brands available.

EC distributed via IPPF outlets (5,000 - 10,000 in 2012).

In Pakistan, the lowest cadre of health workers allowed to sell/dispense ECPs in the public sector is auxiliary nurse midwives. The lowest cadre of health workers allowed to sell/dispense ECPs in the private sector is auxiliary 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).

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