In many countries and regions of the world, young people (ages 10-24) experience early marriage followed directly by pressure to bear children, making young married women (YMW) a cohort with particularly high fertility rates, high unmet need for contraception, and high rates of closely spaced pregnancies. Young married women and first-time parents (FTPs) face a unique set of challenges to living healthy sexual and reproductive lives—challenges that are different to those faced by unmarried adolescents, older married women or older parents.
In family planning programs, logistics refers to the selection, financing, delivery, and distribution of contraceptives and related supplies. Successful logistics management means delivering the right product, in the right quantity, in the right condition, to the right place, at the right time, for the right cost.
Logistics: Complex, Yet Critical To Contraceptive Access
Providing family planning information and services to postpartum women during their infants’ immunization visits provides an opportunity to reach women with unmet need for family planning. While evidence of the effect of integration on immunization services is limited, it is possible that effective integration may result in strengthened health systems, more focus and attention brought to immunization services and outcomes, and more efficient use of staff time and resources.
An estimated 68.5 million people worldwide were considered forcibly displaced as a result of conflict and persecution by the end of 2018--the highest number on record. Women and girls comprise half of this population.
Family planning offered in the first year postpartum provides an opportunity to meet the needs of women who want to prevent unintended pregnancies or who want to delay having more children. Yet, globally, nearly 65% of women in their first postpartum year have an unmet need for family planning services.
Maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and family planning (FP) programs and services are often perceived as distinct, yet integration of these interventions can be mutually beneficial for mothers and their children. For example, exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months after birth not only protects the infant from becoming malnourished but also meets the mother’s contraceptive needs if she practices the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM).
The Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives Toolkit is a platform for strengthening the capacity of agencies and organizations to plan, implement, evaluate, promote, and scale up community-based access to injectables (CBA2I) programs and to advocate for changes to national policy and service delivery guidelines.
Healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy (HTSP) is an approach to family planning that helps women and families delay, space, or limit their pregnancies to achieve the healthiest outcomes for women, newborns, infants, and children. HTSP works within the context of free and informed contraceptive choice and takes into account fertility intentions and desired family size.
This Toolkit supports evidence-based recommendations from the World Health Organization and USAID that:
The Community-Based Family Planning Toolkit is a platform for sharing reliable and relevant information about community-based family planning programs (CBFP) and for strengthening the capacity of agencies and organizations to plan, implement, evaluate, promote, and scale up CBFP programs.