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The Design and Assessment of a Task-Shifting Contraceptive Insertion Device: Increasing Access to Long-Term Contraception in Rural Low- and Middle-Income Countries

In this proposal, we describe an assistive medical device that dramatically reduces the training required to administer subcutaneous contraceptive implants (a long-term form of contraception). The device ensures accurate insertion of the contraceptive implant and minimizes the risk of incorrect placement (a major concern during implant removal). Through use of this device, community healthcare workers (prevalent in rural areas of LMICs) would be enabled to administer a crucial form of long-term contraception and increase access to an underserved population.

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