Like many Eastern European countries in the early 1990s, Romania had a history of low contraception use and a high rate of abortion. Starting in 1999, progress accelerated dramatically thanks to a number of critical and complementary interventions; a national health insurance scheme, the privatization of health providers, extensive policy change, training to enable more providers to offer family planning services, and a heavy focus on rural access.
Training workshops on family planning logistics for members of faith-based organizations resulted in the development of a two-year supply chain strategy and helped forge valuable connections between the organization and public sector partners in Cameroon.
In family planning service delivery, when countries attain improvements in key indicators such as contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) we feel proud about those achievements. Yet, within countries that have seen such gains, there are still hard-to-reach populations with exceptionally poor contraceptive use, as well as other health challenges; this is the case for many of the communities in which the Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project works.
At #ICFP, JSI’s Leela Khanal attended an exhibit on women’s health during crisis, which reminded her of the struggles she witnessed among young women in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in her native Nepal.
A new Lancet series focused on breastfeeding could promote early life nutrition for mothers and babies within the global health agenda.
Alexis Heaton and Leslie Patykewich explain the critical role that strong supply chains play in ensuring we meet our commitments to women in need of reproductive health services.
Over 12 years, through two USAID-funded projects, JSI helped transform health care in the country of Georgia. Carolyn Hart reflects on the impact of this work.
On December 12, 2015, a coalition of more than 600 global partners marked Universal Health Coverage Day, the three year anniversary of the unanimous adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution that counseled governments to provide universal health coverage (UHC) to their people. Greater numbers of countries are pursuing UHC reforms, and we want these reforms to result in reliable access to high quality reproductive health commodities for all women.
Where teens live, learn, work, and play influence their sexual decision making and risk of teen pregnancy. Many teens live in communities where unemployment may be high, violence and substance use present, and housing conditions poor. However, there are also protective factors, such as goal-setting, family, friends, school, and resources designed to empower teens. Parents, schools, youth serving providers, community members, and teens themselves all play a role in promoting healthy teen decision making and preventing teen pregnancy.
On World Contraception Day, Nancy Harris and Leigh Wynne of the Advancing Partners and Communities Project speak to the need for greater provision of emergency contraceptives for women in low-income, rural areas.