International Consortium for Emergency Contraception
Anna Glasier is an obstetrician/gynecologist teaching at the University of Edinburgh, and conducting research on sexual and reproductive health (S&RH) and particularly on contraception and contraceptive use. She has published on a wide variety of topics including Chlamydia infection, menopause and HRT and abortion. She also serves as Lead Clinician for Sexual Health in the National Health Service’s Lothian unit. Elizabeth serves as the Coordinator for the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC), which brings together more than 30 international non-profit organizations. ICEC is hosted by Family Care International, where she has worked for the past six years, currently as the External Relations Manager. In the ten years before coming to FCI and ICEC, Elizabeth worked on international family planning and reproductive health programs at the Population Council and EngenderHealth. She is particularly interested in the interaction between reproductive technologies, health care systems, and the larger social context, and feels very fortunate to have been able to focus her work on emergency contraception, abortion, and maternal health. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are now available in many countries, but have failed to have the desired impact on unwanted pregnancy rates. Why is this? Earlier barriers to access are becoming less and less prevalent. A market for ECPs has been demonstrated and numerous manufacturers and distributors are keen to supply ECPs products; in many countries they are starting to be mainstreamed into norms, pre-service training, and services.