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The Health Policy Project ended in 2016. Work continued under Health Policy Plus (HP+) until 2022.


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The Policy Dimensions of Scaling Up Health Initiatives
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Author(s): Karen Hardee

Primary Language: English

Date: 3/7/2012


Adopting new practices in health on a large scale requires systematic approaches to planning, implementation, and follow-up, and often calls for profound and lasting changes in health systems. Without attention to the policies that underlie health systems and health services, the scale-up of promising pilot projects is not likely to succeed and be sustained. Because of the urgency to rapidly expand effective interventions to improve the health of mothers, children, and families, particularly the poor and underserved, there exists a growing interest in scale-up among the international public health community and others involved in health policy and programs.

To explore best practices and guide the scale-up of these practices, the Health Policy Project (HPP) reviewed the literature on scale-up, interviewed key experts involved in scaling up initiatives, and hosted a meeting on relevant policy and gender issues. This paper focuses on efforts to scale up interventions in family planning (FP) and reproductive health, and maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) in developing countries. It defines “scale-up” and describes some of the frameworks and approaches to scale-up found in recent health literature and how such approaches address policy. The paper, developed with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, also reviews the experience of selected organizations in scaling up best practices and how they have addressed policy issues. It identifies a number of lessons learned from scale-up initiatives and lists six recommendations for ensuring supportive policies to strengthen scale-up.

Related resources:

Expert Meeting on Policy Implementation and Gender Integration in the Scale-Up of Family Planning and Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Best Practices

Integrating Gender into the Scale-Up of Family Planning and Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Programs

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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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