NEWS & STORIES
A recent journal article written by JSI staff Laila Akhlaghi and Alexis Heaton and JSI’s affiliate inSupply Health staff Yasmin Chandani, has been included on a list of the top 5 family planning articles of 2019 featured in the journal Global Health: Science and Practice.
The Family Planning 2020 initiative was launched in 2012 to respond to the high unmet need for contraception, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. An important part of the strategy has been increasing access to long-acting methods, including contraceptive implants, by guaranteeing procurement volumes for a fixed period of time and negotiating lower prices with manufacturers. However, as procurement quantities rapidly increased following the price reductions, donors and other partners questioned whether too many implants were being purchased compared to perceived demand.
In response to this concern, the authors collected and studied data from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and two other countries. They found that three had come close to purchasing appropriate quantities of implants; four had not procured enough; and two had procured what appeared to be too many. The JSI team concluded that the recent increases in implant procurement were largely warranted and have not resulted in system overstocks. However, assessing the relationship between procurement quantities and adequate supply requires an understanding of each country’s supply chain system, including inventory protocols and current and future demand.