However, that situation is rapidly changing.
The Ministry of Health together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has introduced a new self-injection depo contraceptive called Sayana Press.
Sayana Press can be self-administered by a client or by any (non-medical) person who has received minimal training.
The new method has a three-month active period of protection. UNFPA recently supported the training of over 500 community health workers in both Mokhotlong and Quthing to introduce this new family planning method.
The two districts have the highest unmet need for family planning in the country.
Many women in both districts welcomed the initiative and felt empowered to administer the long-term contraceptive method in their community by themself, with their daughters or with the help of a trained community health worker.
UNFPA has noted that there is no more need for long journeys to the health facilities if women want to decide on the number of children they want or if they are happy with their family size.
The method also revealed to be most appropriate to reach communities and improve access to family planning in times of COVID-19.
The Family Planning Manager at the Ministry of Health Mangose Sithole Tšotetsi has confirmed that the role played by community health workers in the distribution of Sayana Press is crucial to empowering women.