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.

Organizing Work Better

Increasingly, family planning and other health care organizations in developing countries must do more with the same or reduced resources. To cope, organizations can make simple changes in the way work is organized—changes that can help...

Integrating Family Planning into HIV Care/ART Services in Uganda

Problem: The Ministry of Health in Uganda identified prevention of HIV infection and improvement of linkages between family planning (FP) services and HIV care and support as a priority for its national Quality of Care Initiative in HIV...

Quality in Action in Rwanda: Case Studies

Quality improvement via the identification of problems and team-based problem solving is one of the main pillars of quality assurance. Through this method, medical, technical, and administrative personnel directly involved in the provision...

Cost-effectiveness of Self-assessment and Peer Review in Improving Family Planning Provider-Client Communication in Indonesia

Quality Assurance (QA) methods in developing countries at various health system levels, from national to community. The series focuses on QA applications in child survival, maternal and reproductive health, and infectious diseases. Each...

Improving provider-client communication: reinforcing IPC/C training in Indonesia with self-assessment and peer review

To improve the quality of reproductive health care in Indonesia, refresher training in interpersonal communication and counseling (IPC/C) has been offered to clinic-based family planning service providers who attend to family planning...

Assessing the quality of facility-level family planning services in Malawi

The Case Study series presents real applications of Quality Assurance (QA) methodologies in developing countries at various health system levels, from national to community. The series focuses on QA applications in maternal and...

Developing family planning standards in Jamaica

In health care, standards are explicit statements of expected quality in the performance of a healthcare activity. They take the form of specifications for medical procedures, clinical practice guidelines and protocols, standard operating...

Client communication behaviors with healthcare providers in Indonesia

Patient participation in healthcare consultations can improve the quality of decision making and increase patients' commitment to the treatment plan. This study examines client participation, operationally defined as client active...

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