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.

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.

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.

Rapid Assessment of Family Planning Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices in Uthungulu District, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

The USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) has been assisting the National Department of Health (NDOH) and the KwaZulu-Natal Province (KZN) Department of Health to strengthen the health system to address a low contraceptive prevalence...

USAID ASSIST Project: Uganda Technical Assistance

With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan forAIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is supporting...

Afghanistan| Postpartum Family Planning demonstration Improvement Collaborative

Date improvement activities began: October, 2011 Aims/objectives: The overall aim is to contribute to reducing maternal mortality by achieving better spacing of pregnancies and avoiding unwanted pregnancies Objectives: 1- To improve the...

Uganda| Integrating family planning counseling with HIV services, Masaka district

Date improvement activities began: June, 2012 Aims/objectives: Provide technical support for efforts to improve contraception use to improve the integration of HIV and family planning services for people living with HIV in Masaka district...