As a country, Turkey is committed to improving maternal and child health. Turkey legalized family planning education and the provision of contraception in the mid-1960s and legalized abortion in 1983. Turkey’s family planning programs have helped the country achieve a contraceptive prevalence rate of 64%. However, there is still a high degree of reliance on traditional methods such as withdrawal, which causes a relatively high rate of unintended pregnancy and abortion.
DKT Turkey was founded in 2008 with the mission of reducing the rate of unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS transmission. DKT’s decision to establish a program in Turkey was based on the country’s high rates of unintended pregnancies and abortion, a low usage rate of modern contraceptives, and a high-priced commercial condom market. In 2018, DKT launched emergency contraception in Turkey.
DKT recently launched innovative educational campaigns to increase condom use throughout the country, and currently markets two lines of condoms and a line of lubricants, which are available for purchase in stores and online. DKT Turkey’s current strategic goals are to increase condom availability throughout the country, reduce condom prices in the commercial sector, and achieve sustainability. We are also focused on expanding our social media presence to engage.