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Repositioning Family Planning in Niger: A Baseline
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Author(s): Elizabeth McDavid and Anipah Kodjo

Primary Language: English

Date: 7/25/2012


Demographic pressures and lack of progress toward the Millennium Development Goals have encouraged countries in West Africa to "take a new look" at repositioning of family planning (RFP)---an initiative established to ensure that FP remains a priority for donors, policymakers, and service providers in sub-Saharan Africa. USAID requested that the Health Policy Project apply the newly developed "Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating Efforts to Reposition Family Planning" in Niger and Togo. The framework results represent a baseline that can subsequently be used to measure progress in RFP by country FP stakeholders. USAID also requested an assessment of policy barriers to community-based distribution of FP---the findings for which are included in this report. Niger’s family planning program has made considerable progress in the past five years. Signs of progress are a favorable policy environment, growing public support for family planning, and increased funding for contraceptive commodities. Family planning is provided free of charge and is included in the Minimum Package of Services that all public health facilities must provide. Still, challenges remain to meet unmet need for family planning, extend services to rural areas, and ensure that people have adequate information about contraceptive methods.

To read the results of the application in Togo, view the report and brief, Repositioning Family Planning in Togo: A Baseline.

Applications in six other countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal) were later conducted by Futures Group, with funding from the Hewlett Foundation. To access those reports and briefs, visit the Futures Group Publications webpage.



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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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