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Family Planning & Reproductive Health

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Strengthening Family Planning Program Capacity to Better Serve Women and Families

Family planning saves lives and empowers women to improve their family’s health, education, and financial stability. We work with governments, NGOs, and private sector partners to overcome the challenges facing girls, women, and men in accessing family planning services including a lack of complete and accurate information, poor facilities, limited access, restrictive policies, and supply chain bottlenecks.

We strengthen local capacity by training health workers in the most up-to-date approaches to family planning counseling and the introduction and use of contraceptive technologies.

Working with the public and private sectors, we promote contraceptive security—including supply management—to ensure that people can choose, obtain, and use high-quality contraceptives for family planning and prevention of STDs, when and where they want them.

In our dedication to ensuring that women have access to the methods that meet their needs, we advocate for policies and help design systems that foster integration of family planning with other basic health services such as postpartum care, immunization, WASH, and HIV prevention and care at the primary care level, among others.

Engaging communities is key, and through the Gates Foundation funded Human Centered Design (HCD) Exchange we are engaging youth to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) outcomes in low-resource settings throughout Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. Learn more about our work in adolescent health.

We also have shepherded policies to increase the contraceptive method mix in a country, as well as approaches such as community health worker task shifting and introducing community-based family planning services, including self-injection of DMPA-SC.

Other expertise includes:
• Streamlining clinic services and efficiency
• Delivering commodities to remote health posts
• Helping governments and partners gather and use data to improve family planning health system performance

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