Management Sciences for Health Pledges to Collaborate with National, Regional, and Local Leaders to Achieve Family Planning 2020 Goals

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Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a non-profit global health organization dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, announced today its renewed commitment to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) by pledging to utilize its network of global, regional, and country projects to plan, support, sustain, and advocate for family planning programs that will serve nearly 1.2 million women by 2020.

“The best indicator of a strong health system is the health and wellbeing of its women and children,” said Marian W. Wentworth, MSH’s President & CEO. “MSH supports FP2020 because we believe that ensuring quality, affordable health care, including access to integrated family planning services, leads to healthier families, healthier nations, and greater economic prosperity—and it’s the right thing to do." 

MSH commits to reaching close to 1.2 million women with family planning services by promoting health systems leadership, management, and governance to achieve FP2020’s goals by working with governing bodies, service providers, frontline health workers, communities, and youth; scaling up high impact practices as well as promising new interventions and technologies that support the health and wellbeing of women and children; and by supporting the delivery of high-quality affordable family planning services in the public and private sectors to ensure both equitable access to family planning information and services, and sufficient family planning coverage for women and children, including the most vulnerable.

FP2020 is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have. FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020.

Full MSH FP2020 Commitment

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) pledges to collaborate with national, subnational and local leaders to support the achievement of their FP2020 goals. We commit to improve health systems that support and sustain family planning programs because the success of integrated family planning and reproductive health programming is only as strong as the health system that supports it. MSH also commits to support national, subnational and local leaders to advocate and plan for achieving FP2020 goals by working through MSH’s global, regional and country projects. We commit to reach 1,159,968 women with family planning methods. We will do this by:

1. Promoting Leadership, Management, and Governance to Achieve FP2020 Goals

MSH recognizes that leadership, management, and governance is critical to building the enabling environment needed for countries to realize their FP2020 goals. We will achieve this by

a. working across all levels of the health system to build the leadership and management skills needed to achieve the FP2020 goals, including working with governing bodies, service providers, frontline health workers, communities, and youth.
b. using proven performance management approaches, to ensure that decision-makers have the skills needed to manage for results toward their FP2020 commitments
c. building the skills of young people to provide the leadership of tomorrow
d. advocating for the development, implementation, and monitoring of supportive policies and guidelines including through social accountability mechanisms such as budget tracking

2. Scaling Up High Impact Practices

MSH renews our commitment to introduce and scale up proven FP high impact practices, as well as promising new interventions and technologies that support the health and wellbeing of women and children through:

a. identifying challenges that require new approaches and creating partnerships with other organizations to create and test these new approaches;
b. implementing large, complex projects, including in challenging environments that lend themselves to testing and scaling up high impact practices and new approaches;
c. advocating for broader integration of emergency contraception in national family planning programs and policies; and
d. documenting and disseminating results widely so that lessons learned are shared on these scale up efforts

3. Improving the Quality and Affordability of Family Planning Delivery

MSH renews our commitment to support the delivery of high-quality family planning (FP) services in the public and private sectors to ensure both equitable access to family planning information and services, and sufficient family planning coverage for women and children, including the most vulnerable through:

a. strengthening the health system to ensure adequate family planning supplies, human resource capacity, and data for decision making
b. increasing the affordability and efficiency of family planning services through supply and demand-side financing
c. employing human-centered design approaches to improve quality and accessibility
d. fostering demand for health quality family planning services

For further information about FP2020, visit: http://progress.familyplanning2020.org/.

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