The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception’s (ICEC) mission is to expand access to and ensure safe and locally appropriate use of emergency contraception worldwide within the context of family planning and reproductive health programs, with an emphasis on developing countries.
ICEC works to achieve the following:
- Women and girls around the world should have access to affordable, high-quality emergency contraception without barriers. This includes women and girls living in crisis-affected settings, low-income women, youth, and women and girls who have experienced sexual assault.
- All women and girls should know about EC. They should have comprehensive, evidence-based information about this contraceptive method.
- EC should be integrated into family planning and post-rape care training, services, supply chains, and programming in the private sector, public sector, and non-governmental sector.
- EC should be incorporated into reproductive health and sexual violence policies, norms, and guidelines globally and at the country level.
What We Do
Knowledge Synthesis and Sharing
We serve as an authoritative source of information about EC by publishing clinical guidelines, policy statements, and fact sheets for program planners, researchers, policymakers, and health care providers. Our EC Status and Availability Database provides detailed information about EC pill brands and access by country. We also facilitate information sharing and networking through conferences and events, our website, and our listservs.
We advocate for improved EC policies and programs with international agencies, governments, and service delivery organizations. Our evidence-based approach focuses on providing accurate, up-to-date information about the latest scientific research on EC and data regarding access to EC both globally and at the country level.
We offer technical support to international and in-country partners seeking to expand access to EC. We provide resources, conduct trainings, and build the capacity of our partners to improve their own EC advocacy and programming.
We conduct and commission research to better understand and address challenges to EC access. For example, we have collaborated on studies investigating policymakers’ and health care providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding EC; identifying gaps in EC affordability and availability; and surveying women about their use of EC.
We provide a platform for generating new ideas and strategies related to EC service delivery, advocacy, and information, education, and communications efforts. We are leaders in identifying promising new approaches to improving access to EC.