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 218 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.
1,181,826 new contraceptive users in 2020
204,480 unintended pregnancies averted due to contraceptives in 2020 (estimated)
234 maternal deaths avoided due to contraceptives in 2020 (estimated)
Our key approaches:
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.
Reduced contraceptive stockout rates to as low as 2% in Senegal using our Informed Push Model for supply chain management.
Increased the number of new clients who choose modern methods of contraception by 64% in 100 health facilities in Senegal, after the facilities implemented our performance improvement and mentoring approach, TutoratPlus.
Mentored Council Health Management teams in Tanzania to give feedback and follow up on improvement plans, resulting in 99 Tanzanian health facilities offering at least five types of family planning methods
In 2019, served over 7,500 people in Juba, Nimule, and Yambio, South Sudan, with HIV prevention information and commodities, HIV testing, and linkage to HIV treatment services, sexually transmitted infections screening and treatment, and family planning.
In Kenya, deployed an interactive voice response eLearning platform that uses mobile phones to reinforce family planning learning for nurses and nursing students, increasing their retention of valuable information using technology they already own
Created and implemented a gender strategy in Madagascar for the Top Réseau social franchise to address gender inequities related to access to and use of family planning and other essential health services.
In Madagascar, trained over 250 health care providers on long-acting and permanent family planning methods, child survival, nutrition, and post-abortion care.