Reproductive Health/Family Planning
Access to safe and effective family planning is a fundamental human right, essential for achieving gender equality, eliminating extreme poverty, and reducing maternal and child deaths. And ensuring universal access to family planning services, information, and education is critical to building a better future for young people and adults. MSH’s work partnering with countries and communities to build strong responsive health systems that support the health and wellbeing of women, adolescents, and children plays a crucial role in creating accessible and affordable family planning services. MSH has a long history of bringing health services to people where they live, bolstering the capacity of local partners to expand community-based care, integrating family planning services as a core element of health programming, reducing barriers to accessible services by strengthening the quality and safety of family planning services, and ensuring effective management of family planning supplies.
MSH participates in several global and regional efforts to promote family planning and ensure universal access to quality reproductive health care. MSH leads the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC), which works to expand access to emergency contraception, to ensure its safe and locally appropriate use, and to mainstream emergency contraception through national policies and programs. MSH is also an invited member of the FP2020 Expert Advisory Community and the Advance Family Planning Leadership group of the Advance Family Planning initiative. MSH views our global advocacy as complementary to our local efforts. We build capacity locally while advocating globally.
Our experience has provided us with the knowledge, expertise, and tools to help quickly scale up community health programs and improve community health workers’ leadership. MSH strengthens the management of community-based family planning services through practical improvements in logistics and supply-chain management, health management information systems, human resources, financial management, community health-worker performance, patient flow and referral, and recordkeeping and reporting.