Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Family planning allows women and couples to determine whether and when to have children. The ability to make these choices is fundamental to healthy families and communities worldwide. Improvement methods can help solve the many operational challenges to delivering family planning and reproductive health services in different settings, including integrating family planning with other health services, assuring the availability of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive methods, and increasing the effectiveness of family planning counseling to increase uptake of modern contraceptive methods at both the facility and community levels.

Our “Best 9” stories in 2017

Vicky Ramirez

Consultant, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Looking back, 2017 was a great year for us at ASSIST. In 2017, we were featured in USAID’s Exposure; we collaborated with a number of partners to publish ICHC Blog Series, which was cross-posted on The Huffington Post; and we ran a blog series in honor of Health Worker Week. After our resources page, our blog was the most visited page on our website. In case you missed some of these highlights, we’ve put together our “Best 9” stories. These posts illustrate the stories behind the great work employed by our country teams, partners, and individuals. Let us know which story you loved the most!

What we learned while improving care for 180,000 babies annually in India

Nigel Livesley

Regional Director for South Asia, USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Health Systems (ASSIST) Project, University Research Co., LLC (URC)

District Partnerships Enhance Community Participation for RMNCH in Rwanda

ICHC Blog Series

This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Telesphore Kabore, Community Mobilization Advisor, Save the Children USA

Scaling up a quality improvement initiative under the Government of India’s RMNCH+A program: Lessons from Chamba District

Praveen Sharma

Head of Programs, India, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

From December 2013, ASSIST’s India team started providing support for quality improvement (QI) initiatives to improve services at health facilities in Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh State. Within a few months, the district government saw good, sustained results from QI initiatives for the Government of India’s RMNCH+A program and with ASSIST’s support, the district government has been very active at all levels (facility, district, state) in scaling up QI.

Improving access to and utilization of postpartum family planning: Why gender matters

Megan Ivankovich

Senior Program Officer, WI-HER, LLC
Dr. Faramand, WI-HER Founder and President, examines a newborn at a rural health center in Tanzania

Last month, I had the privilege to travel to a rural health center in Tanzania to observe the great work of the USAID ASSIST Project. While waiting for members of the clinic’s quality improvement team to attend to patients before starting the gender integration training, we had time to explore the clinic and talk with patients.

Integrating FP into Routine Postpartum Care in Afghanistan

Annie Clark

Senior QI Advisor MNCH, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

I truly love it when, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, quality improvement teams in low resource settings develop change ideas and discover through testing that they actually work! Such was the case with integrating family planning (FP) into routine postpartum care in five hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan, a definitively low resource setting.