There is demand for female condoms. Many successful country programmes have shown that once people are educated and properly informed about use, benefit and fun of female condoms, they start buying and using them. For example the Zimbabwe programme of Population Services International, the programmes in big US cities, and the UAFC programmes in Nigeria and Cameroon, show that there is a demand for female condoms.
Read one of our media outings to show the demand for female condoms: 20,000 Voices Strong – A Chain of Demand for Improved Access to Female Condoms
In the UAFC country programmes, with our partners Society for Family Health (SFH), and Association Camerounaise pour le Marketing Social (ACMS) since 2009, large scale female condom programmes have been implemented. In 2012 alone, over 1,6 million condoms were being sold, in parts of these two countries. Read more in the annual report 2012.
In the period 2009-2011 4,285,179 number of condoms were being sold and distributed in the designated areas of Cameroon and Nigeria.
The large scale country programmes are implemented by a set of local actors: a combination of civil society organizations, the government, UN-agencies and the private sector.
For the period 2013-2015 the aim is to increase these numbers and to focus on sustained users, what makes people incorporate female condoms in the method mix.
These results show the importance (like with any new method) of education and awareness raising. The experiences of female condom programmes can be used as an example for other new methods, especially other multi purpose prevention methods.
UAFC is also mapping the possibilities to start in other countries, to give more people the choice to use female condoms as a safe and pleasurable prevention and protection method.