At the London Family Planning Summit in 2012, the Government of Uganda committed to providing universal access to family planning and reducing unmet need for family planning from the current 40 percent to 10 percent by 2022. To meet this ambitious goal, all potential means of increasing accessibility to family planning must be explored.
These resources are intended to be used by advocates, program managers, policymakers, donors, ministry of health staff, and other key stakeholders to craft a strategy for building support for CBA2I among key decision makers in country. Because community-based access to injectable contraceptives (CBA2I) has the potential to significantly expand access to and use of modern contraceptive methods, several countries are employing CBA2I strategies to help achieve their FP2020 goals.
This brief provides guidance on writing policy to enable the provision of injectable contraceptives by non-clinical community health workers (CHWs) and is intended for use by policymakers and influencers who are interested in changing national policy to support the provision of injectable contraceptives by CHWs.
While Benin has made some progress in infant and neonatal mortality in recent years, the maternal mortality rate remains high at an estimated 405 deaths per 100,000 live births, almost double the global average. Since 2013, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities Project (APC) has been working with local NGOs in Benin to implement a community-based package of health care services to address infant, maternal, and neonatal mortality in the country. The package includes family planning interventions, which enable women and families to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. This video shows how APC and Ministry of Health are working to bring healthcare to the doorstep of the communities.
APC plans to attend and present during several sessions at the 5th International Conference on Family Planning this November in Kigali, Rwanda. APC staff and representatives will join others in the family planning community to share best practices, recognize achievements, make renewed commitments to family planning, and chart a course forward. Join us as we contribute, learn, and celebrate this year’s theme, "Investing for a Lifetime of Returns."
In September 2013, a technical consultation held in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, concluded that, in the developing world, drug shops have the potential to play a much greater role in helping women and couples achieve their family planning intentions. The group of 15 researchers and program experts found that sale of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is common in drug shops in some countries and that training, policy, research and advocacy interventions should be prioritized by funders and the family planning community.