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.

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...

Identification of Challenges and Needs to Improve Community Health Workers Performance: Narratives of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) from Two Indian Districts

Community health workers (CHW) are recognized for their value in providing reproductive, maternal, and child health services at the community level. Although available research points to challenges that they face, discussion on how they...

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.

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY15

This annual report for the USAID ASSIST Project summarizes the project's accomplishments and results in FY15 supporting the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries...

Improving Outcomes for Mothers, Newborns, and Children

This short report describes the approaches used and some of the results achieved by the USAID ASSIST Project to improve care for mothers, newborns, and children.

Addressing Myths and Misconceptions to Increase the Uptake of Contraceptives: The experience of Bukuuku Health Center IV

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), 18 health facilities in Western Uganda are preventing unintended and high-risk pregnancies...

Metrics for improving effectiveness, safety and client-centeredness of post-partum family planning services

Family planning (FP) is one of the highest impact interventions for reducing maternal and child mortality. However, unmet demand for FP services remains high in many countries, resulting in a failure to achieve Healthy Timing and Spacing...

Strengthening integrated family planning/maternal and neonatal health post-partum 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. However, unmet demand for family planning services remains high in many countries, resulting in a failure to achieve...

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY14

This annual report for the USAID ASSIST Project summarizes the project's accomplishments and results in FY14 supporting the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries...

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