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Strategies for Introduction of EC in India : Expert Viewpoints

Moderator’s Comments
– Dr S N Mukherjee, Former Commissioner, (FW), GOI, New Delhi

The debate has given us adequate food for thought. It is very timely to discuss about EC. It is already introduced into the government program of many countries and others have to work hard to see that emergency contraceptives are introduced in their program

so long as the condoms will break, leak or slip

so long as unexpected opportunities and intentions come

so long as vaginal diaphragms and cervical caps dislodge

so long as men rape women

so long as the IUDs are spontaneously expelled

so long as the OCPs are either forgotten or lost, we need Emergency Contraception.

Access to reliable contraception is not always available. all over the world, 120 million women in the child-bearing age group do not want pregnancies or children (UnFPA), but they do not have access to contraceptive services. As such, the unfortunate, unwanted pregnancies leading to unsafe abortions, result in thousands of maternal deaths, and millions of our mothers and sisters suffer from either permanent or temporary disabilities.

These are mainly due to inadequate information, inaccurate contraceptive use, lack of education, deficiency of service and poverty. There are several other factors that contribute to these unfortunate sequelae of unsafe abortions.

We all think and consider that appropriate contraceptive services, education, involvement of NGOs, involvement of males and dedicated service providers will definitely take up the challenge of providing Emergency Contraception.

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