The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Herminia Reyes, Marisela de la Cruz, and Marlyn Marin
Primary Language: English
In developing countries, governments are increasingly turning to innovative policy measures to improve access to basic health services. In Guatemala, policies were introduced to protect the financing and provision of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services. Follow-on legislation earmarked 30 percent of the alcohol tax revenue for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to purchase contraceptives. To determine the impact of the revenue on the FP/RH budget, the Health and Education Policy Project (HEPP) evaluated whether the funds were available and used as legislated. HEPP gathered data on MOH funds and alcohol tax funds retrospectively to see if the policy was working as intended. Budget tracking constitutes a practical, sustainable tool for non-experts to assess transparency.
Advocacy Budgeting Equity Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) Governance, Stewardship & Accountability (GS&A) Health Financing Indigenous Groups Non-Government/Community Service Org. (NGO/CSO) Parliamentarians Policy Document Repositioning Family Planning Guatemala