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Family Planning & Reproductive Health

We are committed to helping countries provide the family planning and reproductive health services their communities need. And we know that health workers are one of the keys to making this happen.

From helping couples space or limit pregnancies to helping adolescents plan their futures, health workers have the power to provide a full range of services for clients at any stage of their reproductive lives. Right now, there are more than 200 million women worldwide who want to avoid pregnancy, but aren’t using effective methods of contraception to prevent it. Together, we we’re working to change that.

Our key approaches include:

  • Expanding the roles of health workers to deliver appropriate family planning services, supported by policy changes as necessary.
  • Increasing the range of available family planning methods at all levels of the health system.
  • Strengthening the planning, information, education, management, and supply-chain systems.
  • Enabling health workers to integrate family planning with other services such as for immunization, postabortion care, obstetric fistula, and HIV.
  • Improving the performance of health workers, organizations, and systems by applying IntraHealth’s Performance Improvement and Optimizing Performance and Quality tools.
  • Developing innovative approaches to education and training, including eHealth and mHealth applications.
  • Enhancing community-based distribution and referral systems between health workers at different levels of care, including promoting use of technology for improved communication.
  • Expanding access for young people through policy reform, youth-friendly services, and empowering youth as advocates and ambassadors 
  • Engaging and educating communities and leaders through advocacy, public campaigns, social media, and open dialogues.

Selected Achievements

Reduced contraceptive stockout rates to as low as 2% in Senegal using our Informed Push Model for supply chain management.

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Supported eight health districts in Burkina Faso and Senegal in implementing a strategy of systematic referral for family planning services in its role as TCI accelerator hub

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Created youth ambassador programs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Senegal to train and mentor youth advocates for family planning.

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Provided training for 8,500+ health workers in Kenya to provide services in family planning, HIV, and maternal and child health services.

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Increased family planning acceptance among clients in Mali from 12% to 78% by integrating family planning services with services for obstetric fistula.

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