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Repositioning Family Planning in West Africa: Task Sharing Synthesis Report
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Author(s): M.K Konaté, Modibo Maiga, Erin McGinn, and Annie Chen

Primary Language: English

Date: 9/30/2015


The francophone West African countries are experiencing a critical shortage of health service providers, which affects access to and the provision of essential family planning services and contraceptives. Task sharing, or task shifting, a strategy endorsed by the World Health Organization, aims to shift family planning tasks from higher-level service providers to lower-level health staff to share the burden of family planning services within a health facility and increase access by providing family planning services through different service delivery points. As part of the action planning and budgeting process of the Ouagadougou Partnership/Call to Action (February 2011) to advance family planning in West Africa, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, and Togo committed to implementing one or more forms of task sharing. In 2014, the USAID-funded Health Policy Project conducted desk reviews and qualitative interviews in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, and Togo to assess the implementation of task sharing for family planning services and develop comprehensive recommendations to improve task sharing policies for family planning to contribute to the availability and sustainability of family planning services in West Africa.

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