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Enhancing access to and uptake of contraception in low-and middle-income countries

New Content Item (1)A cross-journal collection to celebrate World Contraception Day which falls on 26th September each year.

In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), there is an unmet need for modern contraception in over 200 million women. Particularly affected are adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19, substantial numbers of which experience negative health effects such as unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortions, pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Effective interventions to improve access to contraception include implementing laws and policies requiring the provision of sexual education in youths, making such health services adolescent friendly to encourage uptake and more.

This cross-journal collection aims to curate multidisciplinary papers focusing on low and middle-income countries that explore and promote improving access to contraception, particularly amongst adolescents with a particular focus on health policy and systems that can promote contraception uptake.

Featured Journals:

    • Contraception and Reproductive Medicine
    • Reproductive Health
    • Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
    • International Journal for Equity in Health

Please consult the submission guidelines on the individual journal websites for more information on submission and formatting.

This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles, Data Notes, Case Reports, Study Protocols, and Database Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read the submission guidelines for the relevant journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Enhancing access to and uptake of contraception in low-and middle-income countries" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests will be handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.

  1. Key populations are defined as groups that are susceptible to HIV, including Men Sex with Men (MSM), Transgender (TG), Persons who Inject Drug (PID), and Female Sex Worker (FSW). These key populations groups a...

    Authors: Ami Kamila, Widyawati Widyawati, Mubasysyir Hasanbasri and Mohammad Hakimi
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2024 21:107
  2. Beyond Bias was an intervention introduced in Burkina Faso, Pakistan and Tanzania, with the aim of reducing health worker bias toward young, unmarried and nulliparous women seeking family planning services. Th...

    Authors: Corrina Moucheraud, Alexandra Wollum, Muhammad Ali Awan, William H. Dow, Willa Friedman, Jean-Louis Koulidiati, Amon Sabasaba, Manisha Shah and Zachary Wagner
    Citation: Contraception and Reproductive Medicine 2024 9:34
  3. In recent decades, medical supervision of the labor and delivery process has expanded beyond its boundaries to the extent that in many settings, childbirth has become a medical event. This situation has influe...

    Authors: Mohaddeseh Bakhshi, Sanaz Mollazadeh, Talat Khadivzadeh, Javad Moghri, Azadeh Saki and Mahboobeh Firoozi
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2024 21:102
  4. Access to an on-demand pericoital oral contraceptive pill – used to prevent pregnancy within a defined window around sexual intercourse – could offer women more reproductive agency. A contraceptive with this i...

    Authors: Stephen Bell, Susannah Gibbs, Abigail Winskell, Xaviera Villarino, Halle Gill and Kristen Little
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2024 21:93
  5. Unintended pregnancies can adversely affect maternal health, preventable through timely postpartum contraception. During the COVID-19 pandemic, family planning services were constrained by policies that curtai...

    Authors: Sarochinee Sathitloetsakun, Phanupong Phutrakool, Duangporn Maitreechit, Somsook Santibenchakul, Unnop Jaisamrarn and Pimpitcha Puangsricharoen
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2024 21:80
  6. Family planning has significant health and social benefits, but in settings like Uganda, is underutilized due to prevalent community and religious norms promoting large family size and gender inequity. Family ...

    Authors: Katelyn M. Sileo, Christine Muhumuza, Doreen Tuhebwe, Suyapa Muñoz, Rhoda K. Wanyenze, Trace S. Kershaw, Samuel Sekamatte, Haruna Lule and Susan M. Kiene
    Citation: Contraception and Reproductive Medicine 2024 9:28
  7. Globally, sexual and reproductive health is a significant public health issue for women of the reproductive age group. A modern contraceptive method enables individuals and families to manage fertility by redu...

    Authors: Gosa Mankelkl, Altaseb Beyene Kassaw and Beletu Kinfe
    Citation: Contraception and Reproductive Medicine 2024 9:10
  8. Resumption and initiation of contraceptive methods after delivery are of critical importance in ensuring the well-being of the mother and the newborn. However, evidence related with postpartum family planning ...

    Authors: Muzungu Hirwa Sylvain and Rwema Valens
    Citation: Contraception and Reproductive Medicine 2024 9:1