Mauritanian Reproductive Health Law Moves to Implementation
March 9, 2018
The government of Mauritania, on International Women's Day, signed a regulatory decree to implement a new reproductive health law in focus counties. The law, which defines reproductive health as a universal right, was originally passed in January 2017. With the signing of this new regulatory guidance, there is now approval for community health workers to provide birth control pills and injectables. Nurses are now allowed to provide IUDs and implants. This policy advance, which promises to bring efficiency and scale to contraceptive use, comes as a result of advocacy efforts led by USAID and supported by the Health Policy Plus project, FP2020, AgirPF, Stop Sida, the United Nations Population Fund, and local partners.