About Us

DISC is a five-year project funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, which supports women—particularly urban mothers and young women aged 20-24—to take more control over their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs, including and beyond contraception. The project aims to demonstrate that self-care—beginning with contraceptive self-injection—is a viable cornerstone of SRH care and that by offering women increased voice, choice and agency over their health, self-care offers health systems a new and critical partner: consumers themselves.

Our goal is that women initiate, adopt, sustain use of, and advocate for self-injection as a cornerstone of sexual and reproductive healthcare to prevent unintended pregnancy.

“Achieving health for all includes empowering and educating people to become active decision-makers in their own health. That’s what self-care is all about.”

— Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization

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Today, more than 214 million women in low- and middle-income countries who want to avoid pregnancy don’t use modern contraceptives. And women still face 98 million unintended pregnancies every year, some of which result in death. Pressures to meet the evolving needs and priorities of diverse populations pose challenges to health systems globally. At the same time, even as countries redouble their efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage, sexual and reproductive health planning often does not include a critical and powerful partner: women themselves. Self-care has the potential to change that. Women have been self-managing their contraceptive needs for decades, including through the use of condoms and contraceptive pills. But they need more options.

Contraceptive self-injection offers women and girls a new, more effective, and discreet way to meet their contraceptive needs–for three months at a time.

This technology was introduced 17 years ago and has been approved for use in nearly 60 countries. Yet, despite rapidly growing evidence demonstrating that it’s effective, safe and acceptable, women’s knowledge and use of this contraceptive method remains low.

The divide must be bridged–so that women and families can take advantage of the benefits of self care. Learn More.

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Elevating and embedding self-care into broader health systems

Beyond ensuring women who want contraceptive self-injection can access it, DISC is supporting key stakeholders within countries–such as ministry of health officials, health care workers and pharmacists–to advance a broader self-care movement in Africa that will benefit all women. We aim to show how investing in self-injection and broader self-care interventions can make health systems more efficient, and support them to reach more women with more services.

Partners & Stakeholders

Society for Family Health (SFH) Nigeria • Ministry of Health Uganda • Ministry of Health Nigeria • Access Collaborative • ARFH • Avenir Health • Bean Interactive • Blu Flamingo • Busara • CHAI • FHI360 • Fieldstone Helms • Living Goods • Marie Stopes International of Nigeria • PATH • Triple C Advisory • Viamo

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