Lydia, an outreach nurse for DKT Nigeria, regularly canoes across the murky waters of a slum in Lagos as part of DKT's efforts to promote family planning. Like many other “DKT Bees,” Lydia provides family planning products to women in underserved neighborhoods who struggle to access contraceptives.
Because many of these women were unable to pay for products, Lydia initially administered Sayana Press for free. She built up a reputation and earned referrals from clients’ friends and families. Positive word of mouth about the injectable contraceptive helped dispel the misconception that contraceptives cause infertility.
Lydia and the Bees are working to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate in Nigeria. The first step in making progress towards this goal is building trust in communities and providing reassurance to women in need. The DKT Bees also sell condoms, oral contraceptive pills, and emergency contraception.