The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
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Posted on March 26, 2015
Istanbul, Turkey— FP2020 used its Focal Point Workshop, held in Istanbul, Turkey from March 24–25, to launch the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) Resource Kit as part of its new knowledge platform. Acknowledging the critical role of CIPs in transforming ambitious family planning commitments into concrete programs and policies, FP2020, USAID, and UNFPA jointly developed the resource kit in collaboration with the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) and the Knowledge for Health Project (who developed new tools for the resource kit and curated existing relevant resources). The new tools were inspired by the hands-on experience of governments, donors, and technical assistance providers who have collectively developed more than 15 CIPs.
A CIP is a multi-year actionable roadmap designed to help governments achieve their family planning goals—goals that, when achieved, will save millions of lives and improve the health and well-being of women, families, and communities. A comprehensive CIP can address and budget for all common thematic areas of a family planning program: demand creation; service delivery and access; contraceptive security; policy and enabling environment; financing; and stewardship, management, and accountability. The CIP Resource Kit provides governments and country family planning teams with the tools and guidance needed to develop and execute a comprehensive, action-oriented, and resourced FP strategy to move from policy to action and from unmet need to fulfilled rights.
Jay Gribble, senior fellow at Futures Group and a deputy director for HPP, presented an overview of the CIP process and the online resource kit to an audience of more than 130, comprising FP2020 country focal points and government representatives. Many participants voiced enthusiasm about these new resources. Following Mr. Gribble’s presentation on March 24, he participated in a panel discussion with Christine Lasway, of FHI360, and representatives from countries that are currently executing their CIPs. The panel featured Dr. Bocar Daff from the government of Senegal and Maurice Hiza from the government of Tanzania. Mr. Hiza said
“In Tanzania, the CIP is our advocacy tool. It helps us to raise visibility of family planning in the country. Today, family planning is part of the development agenda in Tanzania. The National Family Planning Technical Working Group uses the CIP to make decisions on what should be our priority at a given time … [Tanzania also holds] semi-annual meetings for all FP stakeholders to share our plans and our progress.”
Ms. Daphen Shamambo, from Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development and Mother and Child Health, provided additional information on her country’s use of its CIP to ensure that family planning is integrated into relevant sectors, in both service provision and advocacy. Zambia’s CIP, the Costed Eight-Year Integrated Family Planning Scale-up Plan 2013–2020, was developed in 2013 with support from HPP and its partners. Ms. Shamambo explained that Zambia is deep into the implementation phase of its CIP: “We are guided by our scale-up plan. It is the document that we, as government, and all stakeholders use and refer to for family planning.”
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