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.

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...

Making Health Care about People: Applying People-centered Care Principles to Family Planning Improvement Work in West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a new strategy on people-centered health care that places a strong focus on the re-orienting the health system as a whole, including the importance of engaging community and patient groups...

Improving Health Care: The Results and Legacy of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project

This final report of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) summarizes the key accomplishments and learning of this seven-year global technical assistance project of the USAID Office of Health Systems. Implemented from 2007-2014,...

Aborder les questions de Genre dans les Services de Planification Familiale du Post-partum

Les valeurs et traditions liées au genre affectent la capacité des femmes et de leurs partenaires à accéder et à utiliser des services de planification familiale de qualité. Ce dossier technique examine les questions de genre dans les...

Addressing Gender Issues in Postpartum Family Planning Services

Gender-related values and traditions affect the ability of women and their partners to access and utilize quality family planning services. This technical brief discusses the gender-related factors that influence PPFP uptake and how they...

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.

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