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Re-use of the female condom - online discussion
In July 2002 WHO published a clinical protocol with guidelines for 
Re-use of the Female Condom. Although the protocol states that a new 
condom is always preferable, in situations where they are not avail-
able or affordable, evidence suggests that the female condom can be 
used safely at least 5 times if the WHO guidelines are followed. In 
August 2003 WHO will release the programmatic guidelines to compli-
ment the clinical guidelines.
To support these guidelines the Female Health Foundation and John 
Snow International (UK) are launching a website to address issues 
around reuse: This DFID funded web-
site aims to assist programme managers in deciding whether or not to 
support re-use of the female condom within their programme/client 
On-line discussion of the WHO programme guidelines are planned for 
August. However the website will be live from the 28th of July and we 
hope that less formal online discussions will start immediately with 
programme managers and other interested parties posting questions and 
comments on reuse of the FC.
If you would like to be keep informed about the online discussions by 
email, and therefore avoid having to check the website, please e-
mail: with Reuse Website List Serve in the sub-
ject line.
If you have problems with internet access and would prefer receiving 
printed or e-mail summaries of discussions, please contact: This on-line facility will remain 
live after the initial discussions of the WHO programmatic guidelines 
and information collated from the website will be used to provide 
practical decision making tools for those managing female condom pro-
grammes and will be a supplement to the existing WHO guidelines.
Anne Philpott

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