Country of Operation
- DKT InternationalNot-for-profit
SummaryDKT Sudan is the primary distributor of condoms in Sudan.
Key program components
Since 2005, DKT International has been promoting family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention in Sudan, which has some of the lowest health indicators in the world. In a country of over 40 million people, there are fewer than 40,000 healthcare profressionals. Early termination of pregnancies are typically performed by dilation and curettage using sharp metal instruments. Condoms, IUDs, injectables, and oral contraceptives are in short supply. Sterilization procedures are rare. As a result, Sudan has a contraceptive prevalence rate of only 7%.
DKT's social marketing campaign at first focused on making condoms, injectables, and oral contraceptives more readily available to poor women. However, DKT regonized that there was a demand for IUDs and training for IUD insertion, and worked with the government to make these services more widely available.
As a result of DKT's program, there is a growing demand for manual aspiration kits and IUDs in Sudan. DKT Sudan is recognized as an important parter in reducing maternal mortality. In partnership with DKT, the Federal Reproductive Health Directorate has expanded its family planning services to all of Sudan's states. DKT rehabilitates health centers to make them suitable for family planning sercies, trains medical providers to use manual aspiration kits and IUDs, and counsels women on birth spacing. DKT also ensures that these products are available in Sudan.
DKT and Sudan's government HIV/AIDS prevention agency also have developed a partership to help reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country.
In 2011, DKT Sudan launched a social franshising network branded as 'Sahath Al-Om' (MotherHealth). An unusual feature of this brand is that it actively collaborates with government hospitals. These franchised clinics also collaborate with stakeholders including religion, community elders and, especially, husbands.
In 2012, DKT provided 2,065,015 CYPs. Today, DKT is the main distributor of condoms in Sudan.