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 January 24, 2012
More than 40 representatives of contraceptive security committees from 12 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.
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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