Reproductive Health

USAID estimates 225 million women in developing countries want to postpone or stop childbearing, but lack access to modern methods of contraception. Under USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, the Reproductive Health activity strengthens supply chains to ensure that key reproductive health commodities are available for safe and reliable family planning.

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Photo Credit: Tobin Jones/JHPIEGO
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Core Activities
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Our project teams work in 15 priority countries committed to addressing policy, financing, delivery, and socio-economic barriers to accessing contraceptive commodities and information. Activities focus on the following three strategies to ensure equitable access to reproductive health commodities and advance contraceptive security:

 

  1. Leverage global commodity procurement and logistics to increase availability of health commodities
  2. Offer technical leadership to strengthen global demand and financing, and help ensure availability of existing and promising new reproductive health commodities
  3. Foster more stable, healthier markets by identifying areas in which USAID can improve supply security, affordability, and product appropriateness as well as influence global capacity investments

 

Current country presence includes: Angola, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Zambia.

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Key Commodities
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Key commodities include:
 

  • Injectable contraceptives
  • Implantable contraceptives
  • Combined oral contraceptives
  • Copper-bearing intrauterine devices
  • Emergency oral contraceptives
  • Progestin only pills
  • Male condoms
  • Female condoms
  • Fertility-based awareness methods
  • Hormone-releasing intrauterine
  • Other related commodities
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Global Goals
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With the launch of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, the global community set a goal of enabling 120 million additional women and girls in the world’s 69 poorest countries to access and use contraception by 2020. Since then, nearly half of these target countries have made commitments to address the policy, financing, delivery, and sociocultural barriers to women accessing contraceptive information. The GHSC-PSM project is committed to supporting USAID’s goal of accelerating progress toward reaching 120 million new users through the project’s focus on commodity procurement and system strengthening.

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Strategic Partnerships
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GHSC-PSM works to build and maintain strategic partnerships and to support USAID’s leadership among key stakeholders in the global community. Most notable in the reproductive health arena is the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, where GHSC-PSM was elected to chair the Systems Strengthening Working Group and is committed to supporting the Coalition’s campaign to end contraceptive stockouts, Take Stock.

Regionally, GHSC-PSM anticipates supporting partnerships in West Africa, where contraceptive prevalence rates are the lowest in the world. The Ouagadougou Partnership, formed in 2011, is working to revitalize efforts toward its goal of reaching at least 2.2 million additional family planning methods users by 2020 in the nine Francophone Africa countries, while the West Africa Health Organization is likewise rising to prominence in the area. GHSC-PSM strives to leverage these collaborations to develop and implement innovations in commodity procurement and distribution.

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News & Highlights

News Article
February 10, 2017
After learning of an oversupply of oral contraceptives last month, the Malawi team completed a transfer of extra stock to Zambia, with the help of the Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive Health Supplies working group of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. 
Success Stories
December 19, 2017
Ensuring access to contraception across Angola’s 18 provinces is a daunting task for a single organization. But a new, GHSC-PSM-led committee convenes international donors, implementers and government stakeholders to improve supply chain efficiencies, close information gaps and ultimately, improve…
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August 3, 2018
GHSC-PSM provides lifesaving medicines and supplies to nearly 260 sites like hospitals, health centers and dispensaries in Haiti. Each month, the project is responsible for keeping track of how much each site uses and resupplying them with the appropriate commodities. But with limited…

Success Stories

December 19, 2017
Ensuring access to contraception across Angola’s 18 provinces is a daunting task for a single organization. But a new, GHSC-PSM-led committee convenes international donors, implementers and government stakeholders to improve supply chain efficiencies, close information gaps and ultimately, improve…