Ten Good Practices in Essential Supplies for Family Planning and Maternal Health

No. of pages: 36

Publication date: 2012

Author: UNFPA

Publisher: UNFPA

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UNFPA is intensifying strategic support to voluntary family planning through its Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security. Countries participating in the Global Programme are now reporting their own success stories backed by measureable results.

This publication shares numerous examples of activities in countries participating in the Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security as of 2011. Examples are included from Burkina Faso,  Ecuador, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone. Many are Stream 1 countries in the GPRHCS, which means they receive sustained, multi-year support.

Reaching Underserved Communities

  • Opening doors to family planning in remote, ethnic households of Lao PDR
  • Schools for Husbands engage men in reproductive health and family planning in Niger
  • Bancada Feminina: A space to address family planning and empowerment in Mozambique
  • Bajenu Gox ‘godmothers’ offer reproductive health information to younger women in Senegal
  • Multimedia campaign raises awareness and creates demand in Burkina Faso

Strengthening Supply Management

  • A commitment to a stronger system for a secure supply of RH commodities in Madagascar
  • Pharmacy curriculum teaches how to avoid shortages in family planning supplies in Mongolia
  • Building the training capacity of the public health and pharmacy schools in Ethiopia
  • Sierra Leone improves accountability & access with civil society monitors, community advocates

Mobilizing Political Will and Financial Resources

  • Evidence-based advocacy wins support for family planning at the highest levels in Ecuador
  • Advocacy strategy for political and financial commitment to RHCS in Nicaragua
  • Leaders from 12 countries share good practices at the first UN High Level Meeting on RHCS