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.

World Preeclampsia Day


On Monday, May 22, 2017, maternal health organizations will join forces online to raise awareness and mark the first World Preeclampsia Day. Preeclampsia and eclampsia are a serious complication women can develop during pregnancy. Despite being easily treatable, it remains the second leading cause of maternal deaths. Eclampsia means "lighting" in Greek. Be prepared before lightning strikes.

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)

In India, the USAID ASSIST Project worked with over 400 facilities – delivering approximately 180,000 babies per year – to use quality improvement (QI) approaches to provide better care to women and babies before, during, and immediately after delivery. Here are some of the lessons we learned.

Evaluation of a quality improvement intervention for obstetric and neonatal care in selected public health facilities across six states of India

In India, in recent years, there has been a great increase in the number of women delivering in health facilities; however, the quality of obstetric and neonatal care within these facilities is often quite poor, which contributes to continuing high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality.

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

A community health worker greets a pregnant woman outsider her home in Rwanda. (Courtesy of Kate Holt, Jhpiego)

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.

Using Collaborative Improvement to Enhance Postpartum Family Planning in Niger

The report describes the ASSIST project intervention in 16 facilities in Niger that led to an improvement in postpartum family planning (PPFP) quality and uptake, and adherence with selected FP methods of choice. The intervention, which happened over a period of eight months, also contributed to the reduction of unmet FP need and achieving healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies (HTSP).

Synthèse de la mise en oeuvre de la planification familiale du post-partum au Mali

Le projet USAID/ASSIST Mali est un projet d’assistance technique pour le renforcement de la qualité des systèmes de santé et de la capacité des gestionnaires de santé au Mali. Il a été sollicité par le Ministère de la Santé pour améliorer la qualité des services de planification familiale dans le post partum dans la région de Kayes. Le projet a démontré dans un premier temps qu’à travers la mise en oeuvre de l’amélioration de la qualité appliquée à la planification familiale dans le post partum, le taux d’utilisation de la PF a connu un accroissement significatif.

Improving Quality of Post-Partum Family Planning in Low-Resource Settings

Postpartum Family Planning (PPFP) aims to prevent the high risk of unintended and closely spaced pregnancies during the first year following childbirth. It is one of the highest impact interventions to avoid increased risk of premature birth, low birth weight, fetal and neonatal death, and adverse maternal health outcomes.