Injectable contraception will become more readily available in Cambodia with the
release of a new product for women. 'OK Injection' was officially launched February
15 by the social marketing organization Population Services International (PSI).
The product will be distributed by private medical services and NGO clinics to increase
the availability of affordable birth spacing products. While injectable contraception
has been around for 30 years, it was only previously available in Cambodia through
the public sector.
OK Injection is the brand name given to Depo-Provera, a well-known injectable contraceptive
manufactured in the US. Aid from donor foundations means the contraceptive will be
more accessible to local women, with any profits earned going towards health education
and other related programs in Cambodia.
"OK Injection's packaging is made specifically for Cambodian women," said
Barry Whittle, PSI's country representative. "In addition to a fresh disposable
syringe, it contains information in Khmer about birth spacing and HIV, as well as
a calendar indicating the date of the next injection."
Cambodia has one of the highest fertility rates in the region, currently 4 percent.
Increasing birth spacing benefits the health of mothers and children as it gives
them more time to care for their children and to earn money.
"We developed this project to address the continuing high unmet need for contraceptives
and to offer women greater choice of high-quality birth spacing methods in the private
sector," said Whittle. "PSI/Cambodia hopes to increase its assistance to
Cambodia by launching other new products in the near future to help combat the spread
of HIV and to improve maternal and child health."
OK Injection is the third product marketed in Cambodia by PSI. It has distributed
83 million condoms and 1.5 million cycles of birth spacing pills since opening its
Cambodia office in 1993.