Webinar Introduces New Approach for Diagnosing Inequities in Family Planning Programming
June 2020 —
An HP+ webinar on May 28—Diagnosing Inequities in Family Planning Programs: A Case Study from Uganda—introduced a new, replicable approach for diagnosing inequities across family planning programming outputs and outcomes at both national and subnational levels. Presenters showcased results from its application to Uganda, focusing on the sub-regions, disadvantaged sub-groups, and family planning components for which inequities are most pervasive, and demonstrated its applicability to other countries. Use of the model is intended to increase the quality of family planning information and services for women.
Nigeria’s Abia State Government Releases Funds for Technology Infrastructure to Support Health Insurance Rollout
March 2020 —
Nigeria’s Abia State government has formally approved the release of US$137,000 as take-off grant to be used for procuring technology infrastructure—a critical need that has delayed the rollout of the state insurance scheme since its official launch in September 2019. HP+ has supported Abia State Health Insurance Agency (ABSHIA) in multi-layered advocacy efforts that resulted in the release of the take-off grant. The release of the grant will enable an effective rollout of the ABSHIS toward providing health insurance for about 200,000 residents—a major leap forward in improving access to affordable and equitable quality healthcare in the state.
Champions secure strengthened RH law, right family planning access for all
January 2018 —
Burkina Faso's reproductive health law has been strengthened with the Minister of Health's approval of new regulatory language that emphasizes the rights of users, including new text that states, "People of reproductive age or adolescents can freely use family planning without any barrier or constraints related to sex, religion, [or] marital status." The reproductive health law, originally passed in 2005 with support from USAID-funded health policy projects in collaboration with the National Assembly, had previously lacked enforceability. The new language, developed in collaboration with HP+, the West Africa Health Organization Network of Champions, and AgirPF, extends rights to reproductive health and family planning to all persons of childbearing age, including adolescents.
Mauritania Reproductive Health Law Advances – Language Guarantees Reproductive Health as Universal Right
November 2016 —
Mauritania’s Council of Ministers, on October 6, 2016, approved the text of a new Reproductive Health Law, which explicitly states that the right to reproductive health care is a universal right guaranteed to all throughout the course of their lives and prohibits forms of violence against women, including female genital mutilation. The law, submitted by the Minister of Health, brings Mauritania’s national policies into alignment with those of other countries of the Ouagadougou Partnership pursuing commitments on family planning outlined in FP2020 goals. This comes as a result of nearly a decade of unceasing effort by USAID and its policy advocacy partners, including UNFPA, Health Policy Plus and its predecessor projects, which helped draft an early version of the law for FP2020 advocacy efforts across West Africa. The bill will be presented to Parliament for passage in the coming months.
Lessons from LAC: Expanding family planning through universal health coverage
November 2016 —
In recent decades many Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries have lowered fertility rates and increased contraceptive prevalence. This progress is due in part to broad social reforms, including the adoption of universal health coverage (UHC) policies. To extract lessons for countries—both within LAC and beyond—who are in the early stages of implementing UHC programs, USAID through the Health Policy Plus project examined the interplay between UHC and family planning (FP) in nine countries. They found that, while LAC’s progress in moving toward UHC and expanding FP access has been positive, systematic inequalities persist. Most social health insurance schemes cover FP, but method choice is not always guaranteed and there are disparities in access and coverage between ethnic, geographical, and wealth groups. The briefs are available for download from the HP+ website.