Global Reproductive Health Commodity Security for UNFPA

Dates: 2006-2008

Countries: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Swaziland

Client(s): UNFPA

Services: Technical Assistance, Strategic Planning, Training

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Health Supply Chain Management, Maternal Health

JSI and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) partnered to implement the Global Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS) Project. With funding from UNFPA and technical assistance from JSI, the project enhanced in-country capacity to forecast, finance, procure, and distributed reproductive health commodities and ensured that RHCS issues became an integrated part of policy dialogues and development frameworks.

Through this 18-month contract, and within the UNFPA global RHCS framework, JSI provided technical assistance to UNFPA headquarters and country offices, ministries of health, and other local counterparts to support RHCS efforts globally. In large part, this project provided technical assistance to 17 conflict and post-conflict countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean (including Angola, Burundi, CAR, DRC, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Sudan).

The Global RHCS Project was implemented under the management of the UNFPA Commodity Management Branch (CMB), in close collaboration with the regional country support teams (CST), and country counterparts. Project activities included:

  • RHCS situation analyses to identify gaps and needs at the country level in close coordination with country partners;
  • Development of five-year national RHCS operational plans;
  • Implementation of post-assessment dissemination/sensitisation/validation workshops;
  • Regional and sub-regional competency-based trainings of trainers (TOTs) to develop capacity among country representatives in logistics and RHCS, including the development of all training materials; and
  • Follow-up monitoring and evaluation visits to gauge progress and review strategies for future RHCS implementation.

  • Increased awareness of the importance of RHCS and the consequences of RH commodity shortfalls at the country level;
  • Improved capacity of national authorities to develop and implement RHCS policies in a more sustained manner;
  • Improved systems for RH supplies forecasting, procurement, financing and distribution; and
  • Ultimately, improved availability of key RH commodities.