DKT International Newsletter

May 2016

Dear Friend of DKT,

I am pleased to announce the release of DKT's 2016 Annual Report, which is now available here via the DKT website.

In addition, we are proud to announce that DKT has launched Kiss condoms in Senegal. To address the reproductive health challenges in the region, DKT is establishing a regional social marketing program that will eventually reach multiple countries in West and Central Africa to provide a full range of affordable family planning options using dynamic and entrepreneurial approaches. We expect this new DKT model to begin delivering results in the months and years to come.

Other items in our May newsletter include:
  • Emergency contraception is on a roll.
  • DKT uses provocative online advertising to reach young people in Eypt and Myanmar, countries with strong traditional influences.
  • We highlight the Ego Removal Machine and other media coverage of DKT.
  • DKT Nigeria moves ahead with Sayana Press injectable. 
As always, we are grateful for your interest in and support of our work.
Christopher Purdy

Our first product launched in Francophone West/Central Africa

Senegal Sales Supervisor Coumba (right) with our very first customer,  a pharmacist in Dakar.
DKT has launched Kiss condoms in Senegal, our first product in Francophone West and Central Africa.

DKT's work in the region will be headquartered in three countries: Senegal, Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire. We already have offices in Senegal and Cameroon and will open an office in Côte d'Ivoire in August.
We plan to leverage commonalities in these countries to achieve economies of scale in procurement and marketing.  At the same time, the DKT model  will allow messaging, community mobilization and external relations to be tailored to the needs of each national environment.

 For more details see the Francophone West and Central Africa page of our website.

Emergency contraception
on  a roll in DKT countries

Over the last few months, we launched four new emergency contraceptive (EC) products -- the  Lydia brand in Myanmar, the  Aleze brand in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a new one-pill  Fasile-One  brand in Ethiopia (in addition to the two-pill formulation we already had) and we relaunched a 0.25 mg mifepristone Ciel  brand in Vietnam. DKT now sells EC in 12 countries and is registering (or re-registering) products in several more. In 2015, DKT sold 4.5 million EC pills/packs.

The Ego Removal Machine
and other DKT media coverage
In The Huffington Post , DKT President Chris Purdy, with tongue firmly in cheek, has come up with a creative approach to improving philanthropy with the Ego Removal Machine. If only it were possible.
Two young Africans, including a member of the DKT Nigeria staff, talk about their work to increase family planning use through social media and soccer in a piece for the Mail & Guardian of South Africa's Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism.
This report on My Social Good News describes the rise of social marketing in Africa.
DKT Turkey has been trying to alleviate unintendend pregnancy in refugee camps in Greece and Turkey. This report from Quartz provides details of those efforts. 

Sexy social media campaign 
in Egypt  targets young people
An image used in a Labor Day message
DKT Egyp t launched a pr ovocati ve social media campaign aim ed at males aged 18-34 and fema les aged 24-45. The campaign, which utilizes the hashtag #MorePleasure, talks about the pleasure of using  Fiesta condoms and lubricants (especially now that we have  lots of product variants). 

DKT Egypt's  Faceboo k   and Instagra m  accounts played a critical role because Egyptian law prohibits the use of mass media to promote condoms and lubricants. 

A scene from DKT Myanmar's new 
Kiss Easy-Jel lubricant internet ad.

 Myanmar produces four short,
 fun internet ads
 To reach youth, DKT Myanmar is bypassing television and  going to cyberspace with very short and fun made-for-  internet ads. Four 15-second ads appeal to the quick-click  social media youth culture - three for  Kiss condoms and  one for Kiss Easy-Jel lubricant. Three of them have been  released this month and can be viewed on the   Kiss Myanmar Facebook page

Nigeria pushes ahead with 
Sayana Press  injectable
In November 2014, DKT Nigeria launched the  Sayana Press  injectable, which is the first time the product has been offered commercially in Africa. 

Sayana Press  is provided through a wide range of commercial outlets but also via "DKT Bees," a team of community health extension workers (CHEWs) employed by DKT. DKT Bees are trained to bring family planning services closer to women in their homes, business places, markets and communities. Sayana Press is also provided by more than 3,000 healthcare providers -- doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and CHEWs. DKT has set up a free mobile phone reminder alert service to remind women of their next injection.
Sayana Press  is not yet approved for self-injection but the manufacturer, Pfizer, has submitted a request to allow self-injection. That would be a game-changer.
A DKT Nigeria Bee (left) counsels a woman on family planning options.


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This Month's Featured Countries

Francophone West and Central Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo

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