Côte d'Ivoire Receives Private Sector Support for the Promotion of Family Planning
The International Management Group (IMG) has committed 15 million FCFA to fund family planning activities to help implement the costed implementation plan (CIP) in Côte d'Ivoire for 2015-2020.
In collaboration with Health Policy Plus (HP+), IMG has financially supported the private clinic Les Grâces for the organization to offer free family planning sessions for three days in December 2018. Over 100 women were able to receive voluntary contraception through the sessions and IMG has promised to multiply this kind of action across the country.
Following a regional workshop in Dakar, Senegal in August 2018 led by USAID’s HP+ to better inform private sector decision makers on the demographic dividend and the need to invest more in family planning, IMG’s financial support provides the welcome addition to bolster family planning care.
Although the CIP 2015-2020 aims to address priority challenges of family planning in order to increase contraceptive prevalence rate from 14% in 2012 to 36% in 2020, unmet needs for family planning remain enormous with serious health and social consequences, especially unintended pregnancies among girls and women.
The insufficient national budget allocation for contraceptives—500 million yearly—does not in itself help to cope with these unmet needs. Hence, more structured private sector initiatives through Corporate Social Responsibility are welcome to support the public sector in enhancing the well-being of the people, especially women for family planning.
Côte d’Ivoire, as part of its regional and international commitments made at the London Summit, has developed through USAID funding and Palladium’s technical support, its family planning CIP 2015-2020.