Global Health Impact: Family Planning: A Win-Win-Win for Health

Global Health Impact: Family Planning: A Win-Win-Win for Health

{Photo credit: Olumade Badejo/MSH}Photo credit: Olumade Badejo/MSH

Update, 1/11/16: Join MSH at the International Family Planning Conference, January 25-28, 2016, in Indonesia. Get ICFP2016 details here.

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This blog post is a web-formatted version of the Global Health Impact newsletter: Family Planning: The Win-Win-Win for Health (November 2015). (View or share the email version here.) We welcome your feedback and questions in the comments. On social media, use hashtag and tag .  Subscribe

The International Family Planning Conference 2015 was postponed (due to health and travel concerns after a recent volcanic eruption near Bali), but the critical family planning conversation continues.

Family planning is a triple win health intervention: it reduces maternal mortality, prevents child deaths, and contributes to an AIDS-free generation. Family planning also improves women’s chances for education and employment attainment, increasing workforce participation, family and economic stability, and the wellbeing of families, children, and communities.

Nearly 225 million women still have an unmet need for modern contraceptives. About four in every five unintended pregnancies (81 percent) occur among women who want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using an effective family planning method. Perhaps most alarming: adolescent girls (aged 15-19) have the highest unmet need for family planning among any age group. Adolescent pregnancy is a major contributor to maternal and neonatal mortality.

Meeting the unmet need for family planning could reduce the number of maternal deaths by one-third.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is the leader in strengthening health systems and a key player among international family planning advocacy initiatives, including Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), and serving on working groups as a member of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) and the steering committee of the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Consortium, as well as on various technical resource teams of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.

MSH uses a health systems strengthening approach to improve access to and use of quality, voluntary family planning and reproductive health across the continuum of care through comprehensive health services in 21 countries: Angola, Bangladesh, Belize, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, South Sudan, Swaziland, and Uganda.

MSH focuses on seven key areas: 1) management and leadership; 2) scaling up high-impact practices; 3) integrated programming; 4) universal health coverage (UHC); 5) adolescents and youth; 6) contraceptive security; and 7) private local solutions.

You’ll see some of these stories and examples in this newsletter.

Global Health Impact Blog

Not Without Family Planning: Why Reproductive Health Security Must Be at the Center of Universal Health Coverage

To achieve sustainable development targets for universal health coverage (UHC) and reducing maternal mortality, countries must prioritize family planning and reproductive health, blog MSH's Beth Yeager and Fabio Castaño. More


Integrated Health Project: Community-Based Approaches to Family Planning Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality in DRC

MSH, through the USAID-funded Integrated Health Project (IHP)/IHPplus, is addressing the high death rates of mothers and children in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), often due to health complications resulting from poor family planning and lack of birth spacing, with community-based distributors of family planning and champion communities.


Health Impact of Family Planning in Madagascar: Three Questions with USAID MIKOLO's Project Director

Hear Project Director John Yanulis (pictured right with MSH's Lalah Rambeloson) answer three questions about the USAID Mikolo project, which is reducing maternal, infant and child morbidity and mortality across nine regions in Madagascar by increasing access to and quality of community-based primary health care services. Listen


Empowering Rural Malagasy Women with Modern Family Planning

MSH, through the USAID Mikolo Project, has trained more than 2,100 community health volunteers across eight regions to use Depo Provera and is training more than 780 across three regions to provide Sayana Press, a new injectable contraceptive that is simple and safe to administer. More

VIDEO: Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths

This video by USAID Madagascar highlights the health impact of USAID Mikolo Project, led by MSH, training community health workers on how to use pregnancy test kits -- a pioneering strategy to help expand family planning in remote areas of Madagascar. Watch

Cameroon: Providing Comprehensive Postpartum Family Planning

MSH and partners are implementing a comprehensive postpartum family planning program at the four largest hospitals in Cameroon’s capital city of Yaoundé and in two rural hospitals. The program offers a full range of contraceptive options to women, with a focus on adolescent and young mothers aged 15-24 years. More

MSH Expands Family Planning with Integrated HIV and TB Services in Uganda

MSH and partners incorporate family planning counseling as part of efforts to support health facilities and community outreach to provide comprehensive and quality HIV and tuberculosis services through Strengthening TB and HIV & AIDS Responses in Eastern Uganda (STAR-E), a USAID project funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). More

Building Strong Women Leaders in Family Planning through Mentoring

Developing women leaders and increasing the number of women holding leadership positions in health has far-reaching benefits. To address some challenges that women in East Africa face achieving leadership positions, the USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project, led by MSH, established an online mentoring network for women working in the field of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). More

High-Impact Practices in Family Planning: Strengthening Leaders and Managers

For years, MSH and partners have championed and advocated that leadership and management be recognized as a high-impact practice (HIP) for family planning. Now, MSH’s tools and approaches for strengthening the capacity of leaders and managers have been recognized as a HIP for improving family planning programs. More