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
July 21, 2021
This is the fourth in a series about how GHSC-PSM adapted its programming to the new COVID-19 environment. Check out the first, second and third installments. To maintain the safety of project staff, health facility staff and patients, GHSC-PSM adapted its programming in many countries to…
News Article
July 7, 2021
The market for non-subsidized contraceptives (NSCC) in Kenya is small and may be insufficient to play a major part in building sustainability of the family planning market if current market conditions persist, according to a study by IQVIA recently published in the African Journal of Reproductive…
Product Announcements
July 2, 2021
The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device (IUD), also known as the hormonal IUD or hormonal intrauterine system (IUS), has been added for the first time to the UNFPA Product Catalog, following the announcement in April of its addition to the USAID Product Catalog. "For too long, the…

Success Stories

May 3, 2021
In October 2018, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project trained the Ministry of Health (MOH) Supply chain department in Liberia to develop supply plans with PipeLine, a supply planning database and software that allows users to see…
February 28, 2021
Collaboration is one hallmark of a successful development project. It allows for capacity building, knowledge sharing, and improved efficiency in activity implementation. For the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, the End Use Verification…
September 28, 2020
Logistical problems and poor management of contraceptive supply orders were complicating the family planning efforts of women who live near the Hawas Health Center in the central Ethiopian town of Adama. “Obtaining our method of choice at the health center used to be a major challenge for us,” said…