EC Status and Availability


EC ever use among women of reproductive age: 0.2% (DHS 2005)

EC knowledge among women of reproductive age: 13.0% (DHS 2010-11)

Contraceptive Use: 8.9% (DHS 2010-11, ever use of a modern method among women of reproductive age)

Registered LNG-EC products:

  • Duet - Available only with prescription
  • NorLevo 1.5mg* - Available only with prescription
  • Optinor - Available only with prescription

Registered UPA-EC products:

  • ellaOne* - Available only with prescription

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

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: No

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: National FP Norms, Essential Medicines List

Pricing information: LNG Products: $7.50 (3,623 CFA Franc), as of June 2014.
UPA Products: $10.36 (5,000 CFA Franc), as of June 2014.

Other relevant information: A prescription is not always requested by pharmacies in order to purchase.

EC distributed via IPPF outlets (<500 in 2012).

In Senegal, the lowest cadre of health workers allowed to sell/dispense ECPs in the public sector is auxiliary nurses. 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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