Shortages of contraceptives at public health facilities are harming women’s health and risking unplanned pregnancies and abortions, health activists warned on Tuesday.

Contraceptives were the top drug shortage reported by patients who visited a clinic between April and June, according to new research by the Stop Stockouts Project (SPP). Among the 14,815 survey participants, 6.9% reported a stock-out, of which 40% were shortages of a contraceptive. More than three quarters (76.3%) of the reported contraceptive stock-outs were long-lasting injectables, the most popular form of contraceptive in SA...

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