WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Much like post-WWII Europe, political instability in war-torn countries, social and economic upheaval, religious constraints, and large refugee populations from Ukraine, Syria, Turkey , Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Somalia have put public health initiatives such as family planning back significantly or completely unavailable. Clinics are closing and doctors are moving – despite such challenges, DKT Internationalone of the world’s largest providers of family planning, HIV/AIDS and safe abortion products and services, steps in to meet a growing unmet need as an essential provider of condoms and other contraceptives .
“Often in times of conflict, the right or ability to access family planning is one of the first things women lose,” says Chris Purdy, CEO of DKT International. “It is the right of every woman to choose when and if she wants to have children, and to envision a world where every child is wanted, which directly ties in with FP2030’s goals to empower women and girls to have access to affordable modern contraceptives.”
In addition to access to condoms and other forms of contraception, the World Health Organization (WHO) new guidelines on abortion care aim to protect the health of women and girls to help prevent the more than 25 million unsafe abortions that currently occur each year. “Being able to obtain a safe abortion is a crucial part of health care,” said Craig Lissner, acting director of sexual and reproductive health and research at WHO. “Nearly all deaths and injuries resulting from unsafe abortion are entirely preventable. That is why we recommend that women and girls access abortion and family planning services when they need them.
DKT WomanCarethe innovative sexual and reproductive health products production and distribution arm of DKT International, continues to ensure that high quality contraceptives and safe abortion products are more available, accessible and affordable in more than 90 countries around the world. worldwide.
“The recent devastation in Ukraine and the inflation of goods and services we are experiencing around the world is extremely disconcerting, as the impact on developing countries is even more severe, driving up the prices of basic necessities. We have already seen the cost of transportation and gasoline increase and we expect this disruption to impact critical access to sexual and reproductive health commodities worldwide,” said Jacques-Antoine Martin , managing director of DKT WomanCare.
“DKT WomanCare will continue to create long-term structural solutions to systemic challenges, such as product funding and donor dependency, by engaging in partnerships and innovative distribution models to exert downward pressure on price,” adds Purdy.
DKT plans to expand to other markets in the region and is setting the stage to address a range of challenges faced by women of childbearing age in markets including Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine . For example, the Jordan office will initially provide IUDs, condoms and MVA abortion kits.
“Supporting women in choosing a better future for themselves, especially in places where there is social and political conflict, drives our mission,” adds Purdy. “And we will continue to ensure that access to family planning triumphs even amidst differences in culture, economy, politics, gender and religion.”
About DKT International:
Since 1989, DKT International main mission has been to provide safe and affordable options for family planning and HIV prevention through social marketing in 90 underserved countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. In 2021, DKT generated 54.2 million couple years of protection (CYP) through the sale of over 901 million condoms, 111 million cycles of oral contraceptives, 20 million emergency contraceptives, 19 million injectables, 1.9 million implants, 4.7 million IUDs, 5 million medical abortion (MA) combinations and 300,000 manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) kits.