Information campaign and advocacy efforts to promote access to emergency contraception in Mexico
Ellertson C, Heimburger A, Acevedo-Garcia D, Schiavon R, Mejia G, Corona G, del Castillo E, Langer A. Information campaign and advocacy efforts to promote access to emergency contraception in Mexico. Contraception. 2002; 66(5):331-337
Emergency contraception (EC) has the potential to reduce unwanted pregnancy significantly, in Mexico as elsewhere. Recent years have seen tremendous growth in programs and research devoted to expanding access to emergency methods worldwide. In Mexico we developed a comprehensive model introduction effort that included four components: provider training, public information (through a dedicated hotline and website, free media, paid radio and TV spots, participation in talk shows, and alternative media channels), collaboration with the public sector to include EC in the official family planning norms, and assistance to partner with commercial firms to register a dedicated EC product. Ongoing efforts to combat misperceptions and overcome opposition are crucial to informing the public and ensuring greater access to the method.