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 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...

Applying Quality Improvement to Integrate Family Planning in Maternal Health and HIV Services

Since 2010, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) has been applying quality improvement (QI) approaches to integrate family planning (FP) counseling and services in maternal health programs and in HIV services. Specifically, HCI...

Spread collaborative: Prevention of unwanted pregnancies, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers in Kostroma, Tambov, Ivanovo and Tula regions, Russia

Date improvement activities began: October, 2010 Date of end of collaborative: November, 2011 Aims/objectives: To encourage reduction of abortion through increasing access to information on reproductive health and modern contraceptive...