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  • USAID and its cooperating agencies are studying procurement issues and options for countries that no longer receive USAID and/or international donor support for contraceptive commodities, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. This report summarizes the key findings from Costa Rica. This review of Costa Rica's contraceptive procurement practices suggests that the country program has been successful in maintaining a consistent supply of contraceptives from a variety of sectors. The Costa Rican government received its final contraceptive commodity support from international donors more than 12 years ago. In 1992—just before USAID's withdrawal from Costa Rica—contraceptive prevalence was already high at 75 percent. The latest reproductive health survey conducted (1999) showed another increase in prevalence to 80 percent—almost six years after USAID's withdrawal. This report highlights the key factors that were important in procuring sufficient contraceptive commodities to meet the needs of Costa Rican men and women.