Introducing new products provides a key opportunity to not only expand the range of contraceptive options for women and adolescent girls, but also to strengthen family planning delivery systems for all methods.
PMA generates frequent, high-quality surveys monitoring key health indicators in nine countries in Africa and Asia. Data is available open-source for research, program planning, and policy-making. PMA family planning briefs provide a snapshot of select indicators through charts, graphs and tables. Key indicators for family planning include unmet need for family planning, modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR), and family planning access, equity, quality, and choice.
The purpose of the toolkit is to bring together existing learning and guidance as a starting point for stakeholders to begin SRH preparedness work. Within the SRH sector the field of preparedness is relatively new and growing. More collective effort is required to further evaluate the impact of preparedness efforts and push the field forward. This effort is a first attempt at synthesizing draft guidance for SRH preparedness, and is intended for field testing. The toolkit recognizes the longstanding work of the field of emergency and disaster risk management, and endeavors to bridge that work with the human rights-oriented and peoplecentered field of sexual and reproductive health.
This compendium aims to consolidate emerging information on applying digital technology in voluntary family planning programs to inform the adoption and scale-up of successful approaches, as well as encourage learning and adaptation from approaches that were less successful. The interactive website enables users to explore case studies across a range of digital health solutions to enhance voluntary family planning programs in low and middle-income countries.
In the publication, “Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context” the WHO outlines strategies governments should take to ensure populations retain access to essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care, during and beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic. This document, developed with the input of international nongovernmental organizations and local civil society actors to support the implementation of the WHO guidance at the country level, recommends concrete policy, programmatic and budgetary decisions to optimize and implement the WHO guidance and other relevant SRH guidelines at the national and subnational levels. As a living document, the recommendations provide a snapshot of the current context. This document is designed to be updated with new evidence and advocacy recommendations by governments, technical experts, civil society and advocates worldwide with the COVID-19 response and through recovery.
This publication recommends practical actions that countries can take at national, subregional and local levels to reorganize and safely maintain access to high-quality, essential health services in the pandemic context. The guidance outlines strategies governments should take to ensure populations retain access to essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health care, during and beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended for decision-makers and managers at the national and subnational levels.
Results 4 Informed Choice is a resource for HIV and family planning program implementers, government representatives, advocates and journalists as they respond to the results from the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) trial.
The trial results, released June 13, 2019, showed that none of the three contraceptive methods in the trial increased the risk of HIV acquisition. Other findings, including high HIV incidence across the study arms and broad acceptability and effectiveness of the contraceptive methods, are a call to action for greater attention to and investment in women’s health, HIV prevention and contraceptive choice. Full findings from the study can be found in the Lancet article.
The tools, resources and data are intended to help stakeholders plan and execute their response so that women have all the information they need to make an informed choice in adopting and using a contraceptive method and protecting themselves from HIV.
This webinar held on February 23, 2022 was hosted by Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) led by WCG Cares with PSI and the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative led by PATH in partnership with JSI. The discussion focused on the introduction and scale up of self-care family planning methods in sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting lessons and best practices from DMPA-SC scale-up and Caya® diaphragm pilot introductions in French-speaking West Africa. Presenters from Benin, Niger, and Senegal shared successes and challenges. This webinar was offered in French.
This report presents an in-depth analysis of Burkina Faso’s policies, regulations, and guidelines, based on an extensive document review followed by key informant interviews. The findings are organized by select family planning methods, including voluntary surgical contraception, implants, injectables, and pills. The report also includes a section describing COVID-19’s effect on task sharing and self-care policies. The authors recommend policy and regulatory revisions and actions to further improve the country’s family planning and regulatory environment and scale implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and note that the Burkina Faso experience may serve as evidence when the WHO next updates its task sharing guidance.
Expanding access to contraceptive methods through the private sector and community-based sources—which includes task sharing—is an important strategy to help achieve national family planning and development goals and, in particular, aims to reduce barriers to access for youth, lower-income, and other marginalized groups. Private sector pharmacies and drug shops are often the first line of health care in low- and middle-income countries, particularly for many underserved populations and especially in rural areas that have very few private or public clinics. While there are differences between pharmacies and drug shops, there are also common issues around implementation and impact. For both, training and support can improve and expand the range and quality of services they offer and thereby increase access and choice for women.