The following is a short list of useful links and tools related to the Stronger Voices for Reproductive Health project:

CEDPA - The Centre for Development and Population Activities
With support from and written with UNFPA, CEDPA has produced a comprehensive set of tools for implementing the ICPD Programme of Action. Two such manuals are: Social Mobilization for Reproductive Health, which promotes social mobilization as a means for communities to declare publicly their rights to control their reproductive health and to create widespread support for those rights; and Gender, Reproductive Health, and Advocacy, which consists of participatory methodologies to equip NGOs to better implement reproductive health programs and strategies.

EngenderHealth has developed an integrated package of quality improvement approaches and tools intended to strengthen family and reproductive health service delivery. EngenderHealth's quality improvement approaches include facilitative supervision, medical monitoring, and whole-site training (WST). The organization’s simple and practical tools to help implement these approaches include: COPE® ("client-oriented, provider-efficient services”), Quality Measuring Tool (QMT), the Cost Analysis Tool, and Community COPE®. EngenderHealth is also producing a new tool kit of related job aids aimed to enable individuals make informed and voluntary decisions on family planning and other reproductive health matters. “Choices in Family Planning: Informed and Voluntary Decision Making” is the first in the series and contains four sections: an introduction to concepts, a discussion guide, a preliminary assessment guide, and next steps section.

ILO/STEP has a range of publications on extending social protection to excluded groups. One of particular interest is Dror D.M.; Jacquier C. (January 1999). “Micro-insurance: Extending Health Insurance to the Excluded.” International Social Security Review, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 71-97(27).

Abstract: This paper proposes a way to improve health provision for populations who are usually excluded from access to health services. It starts out with a short description of who the excluded are, and what they are excluded from. The paper then looks at the major policy statements elaborated at the international level, and proceeds to propose the missing dimension. Next, based on field testing and several tens of case studies, the paper proposes a concept for group-based health insurance, or “micro-insurance”, and explains its rationale and its components. Last, the paper proposes a strategy to implement this concept.

IPPF - International Planned Parenthood Federation
IPPF and its member Associations are committed to promoting the right of women and men to decide freely the number and spacing of their children and the right to the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health. Among IPPF’s many resources is the Charter on Sexual and Reproductive Rights,
a tool to help NGOs hold governments accountable for promises made in upholding human rights in general, and sexual and reproductive rights in particular.

IPPF - International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Region
Service delivery and quality of care (QOC) are at the core of the IPPF’s work to address the unmet sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of women, men and adolescents. The Charter on Rights of the Client (1992) and the Charter on Needs of the Service Providers form the basis of IPPF’s activities. IPPF has produced valuable resources, including a manual for the evaluation of quality of care from a gender perspective, client satisfaction surveys, medical and service delivery guidelines, and self-assessment modules to help non-governmental and governmental organizations assess their capacity in several program areas.

Management Sciences for Health
MSH’s activities concerning quality of care are primarily focused on two projects: (1) The Family Planning Management Development (FPMD) project works with local partners to strengthen the management and quality of primary health care services, including maternal and child health, STD and HIV / AIDS and family programs; and (2) Family Planning Management Training (FPMT).

Useful tools and guides can also be accessed at The Manager’s Electronic Resource Center, including:

  • The Guide to Managing for Quality. This guide is a compendium of tools, information and other resources to support health managers through the cycles of quality improvement. It is structured around a three-pronged strategy, emphasizing problem solving, team building and managing the process of quality improvement.
  • Managing Reproductive Health Services with a Gender Perspective.
    This edition of The Manager shows how awareness of gender issues can improve the design, management, and delivery of health services.

Marie Stopes International
Marie Stopes International provides technical and financial assistance to a wide range of innovative and low-cost service delivery, social marketing, and educational projects in the maternal and child health and family planning fields in developing countries. Many regional projects emphasize client-centered quality of care programming.

Partners for Health Reformplus (PHRplus)
PHRplus is the U.S. Agency for International Development’s flagship project in health policy and systems strengthening (HPSS). PHRplus builds on the predecessor Partnerships for Health Reform (PHR) Project, with a new, major emphasis on health information and infectious disease surveillance.

Population Council
Population Council’s work in quality of care permeates all of its programmatic areas in reproductive health:

  • Impact Studies Program documents the effects of improved quality of care on women’s reproductive behavior.

  • Quality/Calidad/Qualité highlights examples of family planning and reproductive health programs that are providing unusually high quality of care.

  • Frontiers in Reproductive Health is a global operations research (OR) program that provides the empirical base for implementing successful, innovative, high-quality family planning and reproductive health programs.

  • Situation Analysis - This methodology pinpoints problems in delivery of family planning services, and follow-up studies of reproductive health services, which permit comparison of service quality over time.

UNFPA has a broad range of publications that cover all aspects of promoting reproductive health, including reproductive rights, women’s empowerment, adolescent reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and reproductive health commodity security,

Through the EC-UNFPA Reproductive Health Initiative (RHI) in Asia, a generic training manual, “Reproductive Health for All: Taking Account of Power Dynamics between Men and Women” [] was developed by the Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS), in cooperation with the Women’s Health Project (WHP). This participatory manual aims to assist people, particularly senior planners and programme managers, to develop programmes and project that promote gender equity and human rights. Many of the methods can be adapted for use by NGOs at the community level.

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Women’s Health Project
The Women's Health Project is the Gender and Health Division of the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. A leading NGO in the region and internationally, the Women’s Health Project employs rights-based approaches and methodologies to advance women’s status and simultaneously improve their health. Through advocacy, training, and research, the Women’s Health Project promotes conditions that enable women to make decisions about their health and their lives.

World Bank
The World Bank’s PovertyNet provides resources for people and organizations working to understand and alleviate poverty, including issues of empowerment. Among its many resources is Participation and Social Assessment: Tools and Techniques, a kit aimed at sharing information on participatory methods in order to support the adoption of participatory approaches in World Bank-supported studies and projects. The kit consists of modules on social assessment, stakeholder analysis, participatory methodologies and participatory monitoring and evaluation.

What's NEW

Planning activities are underway in the six pilot countries -- India, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Nepal, Peru and Tanzania.

Launched in 2001, with funding from the United Nations Foundation (UNF), Stronger Voices builds on the respective strengths and experiences of four UN partners: UNFPA, ILO-STEP, WHO and UNICEF.

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