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HPP organizes workshop in Paraguay

Posted on January 24, 2012

Image of contraceptive security committee members
More than 40 representatives of contraceptive security committees from 12 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.
Photo courtesy of PM Audiovisuals.

Participants share best practices in decentralized approach for expanding availability and use of contraceptives throughout the region


Asuncion, PARAGUAY -- The Health Policy Project (HPP) organized a workshop in Asuncion, Paraguay for more than 40 representatives of contraceptive security committees from 12 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. Participants evaluated the role of the Disponibilidad Asegurada de Insumos Anticonceptivos (DAIA), or contraceptive security committees, in expanding the availability of contraceptives throughout the region, and examined challenges in achieving sustainability within their countries’ health systems.

Since the launch of the USAID Contraceptive Security Initiative in 2003, HPP and its predecessors, the Policy Project and Health Policy Initiative, have helped establish decentralized DAIA committees at local and sub-national levels in eight countries within the LAC region. These groups provide technical assistance to strengthen local government leaders’ capacity to advocate for resources and policies that increase accessibility to contraceptives for family planning and HIV prevention.

During this timeframe, the DAIA Committee in Paraguay has fostered an enabling policy environment that has led to increased financing and commitment to making contraceptive supplies more easily available. During the workshop, members of the Paraguayan delegation shared best practices and lessons learned with other DAIA representatives and discussed how the role of contraceptive committees can be adapted to address country-specific conditions.

With the end of USAID support on the horizon, DAIA committee members also evaluated how they can maintain or modify their roles within the context of government healthcare systems and continue their progress toward ensuring that all citizens have access to contraceptives in their respective countries.

Read more about HPP’s contraceptive security initiative in the LAC region.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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