Technical Briefs

View a list below of all APC technical briefs.

Photo of a woman holding an infant at a clinic
May 2017

Through this brief, the APC project documents its experience integrating FP into existing health and non-health projects implemented by seven grantees working in challenging environments in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and provides insight about the added value of integration.

Photo of a woman holding an infant while pointing to a diagram held by another woman.
May 2017

Over the past three decades, Malawi has made great strides in improving key health indicators. Maternal mortality declined by one-third, from 957 to 634 deaths per 100,000 live births between 1990 and 2015. The percentage of births delivered by a skilled attendant increased from 54.2 percent in 2000 to 89.8 percent in 2015.

Photo of a woman and child in a drug shop with operator at the counter
September 2016

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.

A health worker talks to her client about family planning
March 2016

This situation analysis aims to review the evidence on current models of community-to-facility referrals for long-acting and reversible contraception and permanent methods (LARC/PM), to provide recommendations on promising models that should be tested for effectiveness, and to provide an agenda for future research.

Photo of two women close-up
January 2016

Nepal has made impressive progress in reducing infant, child, and maternal mortality since it began providing community-based service delivery 20 years ago. Since 1990, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has declined by more than two-thirds, from 850 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 190 in 2011.

Photo from Ethiopia-Danakil- Afar girl, 2011, by Donatella Venturi
November 2015

Churches and faith-based organizations (FBOs) are grounded in service to others and follow the teachings of Jesus by showing love for all those around us. We understand that it is vital both to share expressions of love and faith and also to ensure that our actions are consistent with our words.

Photo of Dr. Nathan Kenya Mugisha, Director of Clinical Services, Uganda Ministry of Health, holding the Addendum to Section 3.8 Family Planning Service Standards in the Uganda National Policy Guidelines and Service Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health allowing injectable contraceptive provision by trained CHWs.
July 2014

This brief provides guidance about writing policy to enable the provision of injectable contraceptives by non-clinical community health workers (CHWs). The guidance is informed by the experience of African countries with policies that promote community-based access to injectable contraceptives (CBA2I), such as Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Senegal, and Uganda.

Licensed chemical seller holds a package of combined oral contraceptives in Amansie West District, Ghana. Credit: Tracy Orr, FHI 360.
July 2014

This brief focuses on the use of drug shops to increase access to injectable contraceptives. This strategy has not received sufficient attention in the literature. USAID has developed a high impact practice brief on family planning provision through both drug shops and pharmacies.