In 1989, Phil Harvey founded the nonprofit organization DKT International to promote family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention through social marketing. For a video on Phil explaining Contraceptive Social Marketing, visit here.
Today, DKT International designs and implements social marketing programs in 20 countries around the world. DKT programs provided over 30 million couple years of protection (CYPs) in 2015, using standard conversion factors for Couple Years of Protection (CYP).
DKT’s sales totals for 2015 included 623 million condoms, 74 million cycles of oral contraceptives, nearly 25 million injectable contraceptives, 4.3 million IUDs, emergency contraception, implants, mifepristone/misoprostol, and manual vacuum aspiration kits.
Revenue from the sales of contraceptives and family planning services in 2012 was $105 million. Program revenues covered approximately 70 percent of our operating costs. This figure has been climbing steadily over the past several years.
Our grants and contributions in 2012 totaled $44.9 million. Our cost per CYP was less than $2, which was made possible by increasing efficiencies to near self-sufficiency in several country programs like Brazil and the Philippines. However, the higher-cost-per CYP programs, such as Bihar India, have had a major impact because their urban and rural populations have a great need for contraceptives and contraceptive services.
DKT’s contraceptive social marketing programs have been a remarkable success. While the numbers are impressive, they mask an equally important aspect of social marketing: its profound effect on people’s lives. The humanitarian impact of our social marketing programs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia has immediate and long term benefits for poor families.
Planned, healthy families have more food and clothing, and – perhaps most importantly – money for school supplies and education for the new generation of children growing up. Every year, DKT’s innovative programs are saving more lives and improving the health of more families in many of the world’s developing countries.
Rising incomes in Asia and Latin America and steady or declining prices of contraceptives have made it possible for DKT to substantially increase its revenue stream, which leads to lower donor costs per CYP. As DKT programs produce higher sales revenues, the number of CYPs generated by donor dollars also increases.
Many of DKT’s programs have an HIV/AIDS component. For example, DKT Ethiopia’s “Wise-Up” campaign promotes condom use among at-risk populations because increasing the use of condoms reduces the prevalence of HIV. Today, Ethiopia has the third largest estimated HIV-infected population in the world.
Recently, DKT Ethiopia produced two educational films for young audiences about “The HIV Superhighway” that highlight concurrent partnerships and HIV prevention. These videos were produced with the assistance of Helen Epstein, the acclaimed author of The Invisible Cure: Africa, The West, and the Fight Against AIDS (2007).