Health Policy Project

The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).

How We Help

Health Policy Project 


How We Help Missions and Country Programs

The Health Policy Project (HPP) is committed to developing fully functioning regional and local capacity to strengthen the policy aspects of health systems in the areas of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal health. HPP can help USAID Missions, funding agencies, and host countries achieve important health program goals to:

Strengthen Country Ownership

  • Facilitate country-led processes to formulate and monitor health policies and programs, including global commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals
  • Build the advocacy capacity of those most affected by policy decisions—including women, people living with HIV, key populations, and the poor—so they have a strong voice throughout the policy-to-action process
  • Build the capacity of policymakers and planners to gather, analyze, and use data to inform decision making, monitor programs, and identify course corrections

Promote an Enabling Policy Environment

  • Design evidence-based FP/RH, HIV, and maternal health policies
  • Identify and address operational barriers to program integration and strong health systems
  • Operationalize national policies and plans at the provincial and district levels
  • Develop policy responses to empower women and girls, promote gender equality, and strengthen the implementation of gender policy
  • Integrate rights-based and stigma-reduction initiatives into health programs to address barriers to service access and use
  • Adapt international guidance and best practices to country contexts

Maximize Resources

  • Plan, coordinate, and track resources to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability
  • Promote equitable access to resources and services for the poor and other underserved populations
  • Encourage country leadership through increased investment in health programs
  • Respond appropriately at the country level to emerging health development frameworks
  • Strengthen national capacity to develop Costed Implementation Plans (CIPs) for family planning aligned to FP2020 pledges and Ouagadougou Partnership commitments, and to monitor national FP2020 commitments

Leverage Partnerships

  • Expand multisectoral partnerships to enhance impact
  • Bring new partners into the FP/RH, HIV, and maternal health arenas, such as mobilizing non-health ministries, the private sector, religious leaders, local authorities, and NGOs and civil society groups
  • Foster transparency, communication, and accountability among partners and sectors

Enhance Strategic Information and Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Apply computer models (e.g., RAPID, FamPlan, Goals, Resource Needs) for evidence-based planning and advocacy
  • Assess the nature and socioeconomic impacts of health trends (e.g., population dynamics, the HIV epidemic) on individuals, families, and societies
  • Support country-owned health management information systems
  • Identify and share models, tools, and best practices

How to Work with Us

For over 40 years, Futures Group has managed large and complex international health and development projects for a range of major development players, achieving significant results on the ground in more than 100 countries. Host-country partners with interest in receiving project assistance should contact their USAID Mission. All Missions may participate through field support. For information on how to work with the Health Policy Project please contact:

Linda Cahaelen, ScD
AOR, USAID/Washington
Tel: +1 (202) 712-4138

Futures Group
Suneeta Sharma, PhD
Director, Health Policy Project
Tel: +1 (202) 775-9680

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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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