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!

World Preeclampsia Day

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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

Improving the quality of family planning services in Uganda: Tested changes implemented in four districts in Western Uganda

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, in partnership with 17 United States Government implementing partners and the Ministry of Health (MOH), is implementing the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) initiative in the four districts of Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Kabarole and Kibaale in mid-western Uganda, which registered the highest maternal mortality countrywide.

Strengthening integrated family planning/maternal and neonatal health postpartum services and associated health system functions in Niger

Family planning (FP) is known to be one of the highest impact interventions for reducing maternal and child mortality, yet in Niger, there is a high unmet demand for family planning services. With support from the Ministry of Public Health and the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, improvement teams in two hospitals and 14 health centers in Niger incorporated client-centered family planning services in their routine postpartum care, with an eye towards improving client choice and adherence to the selected FP method.

Evaluation of an Intervention to Improve Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care Access and Quality in Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Despite improvements in health-care utilization, disadvantages persist among rural, less educated, and indigenous populations in Ecuador. The United States Agency for International Development-funded Cotopaxi Project created a provincial-level network of health services, including community agents to improve access, quality, and coordination of essential obstetric and newborn care.

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