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From Policy to Action: Using a Capacity-Building and Mentoring Program to Implement a Family Planning Strategy in Jharkhand, India
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Author(s): Heer Chokshi, Himani Sethi

Primary Language: English

Date: 8/14/2014


This report covers an evaluation of the collaboration between the Ministry of Health of the Indian State of Jharkhand and the Health Policy Project to conduct a program (Nov. 2012-July 2013) to strengthen capacities at state, district, and sub-district levels to effectively implement the 2010 family planning  strategy.  It included training, mentoring, and supportive supervision. A State Resource Group of master trainers from government and civil society supported the 4-person Family Planning Cell. A pre/post-implementation quantitative and qualitative assessment highlighted that although the implementation period was short, systems were strengthened and laid a solid basis for achieving  Jharkhand’s FP goals.  The assessment highlighted improvements in timely data updates (from 27% to 91%),  increased stocks of FP commodities and IEC materials, and wider availability of doctors trained in clinical services. Budget allocations for spacing methods increased and the FP Cell invested in training health staff on counseling and  IUD skills. Staff reported an improved attitude toward information sharing and joint problem solving.  The 3-district pilot program has been scaled up in 11 additional high-need districts.  

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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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