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African Journal of Reproductive Health
Women's Health and Action Research Centre
ISSN: 1118-4841
Vol. 20, No. 2, 2016, pp. 9-12
Bioline Code: rh16014
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

African Journal of Reproductive Health, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2016, pp. 9-12

 en The Botswana Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel: Adapting a Tool to Meet the Needs of Botswana’s Family Planning Program
Kim, Caron R.; Kidula, Nancy; Rammipi, Molly K.; Mokganya, Lesego & Gaffield, Mary Lyn


In efforts to strive for family planning repositioning in Botswana, the Ministry of Health convened a meeting to undertake an adaptation of the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) wheel. The main objectives of this process were to present technical updates of the various contraceptive methods, to update the current medical conditions prevalent to Botswana and to adapt the MEC wheel to meet the needs of the Botswanian people. This commentary focuses on the adaptation process that occurred during the week-long stakeholder workshop. It concludes with the key elements learned from this process that can potentially inform countries who are interested in undergoing a similar exercise to strengthen their family planning needs.

Family planning; Contraception; Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC); Adaptation

Kim, Caron R.; Kidula, Nancy; Rammipi, Molly K.; Mokganya, Lesego & Gaffield, Mary Lyn


Dans les efforts visant à lutter pour repositionner la planification familiale au Botswana, le ministère de la Santé a convoqué une réunion pour procéder à une adaptation des critères d'admissibilité médicale pour la roue de l'utilisation de contraceptifs (CAM). Les principaux objectifs de ce processus ont été de présenter des mises à jour techniques des différentes méthodes de contraception, de mettre à jour les conditions médicales actuelles qui prévalent au Botswana et d'adapter la roue MEC pour répondre aux besoins de la population botswanaise. Ce commentaire met l'accent sur le processus d'adaptation qui a eu lieu au cours de l'atelier des parties prenantes qui a duré une semaine. Il conclut avec les éléments clés tirés de ce processus qui peuvent potentiellement informer les pays qui sont intéressés à entreprendre un exercice similaire pour renforcer leurs besoins en matière de la planification familiale.

Mots Clés
planification familiale; contraception; critères d'admissibilité médicale (CAM); adaptation

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