Systematic reviews of mechanisms for financing family planning

Date: 
19/12/2016 - 12:30

On behalf of Moazzam Ali we are pleased to share with you the special supplement on findings from five WHO-commissioned systematic reviews on financing mechanisms for contraceptive programmes that was published recently as a special supplement of Studies in Family Planning.

The need to provide cost-effective contraceptive programmes that expand access, reduce unmet need, and consider the specific needs of the poor and marginalized population is central to the achievement of a number of the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2012 London Family Planning summit and the FP 2020 initiative as well as the UN Secretary-General‘s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016–2030 all put the provision of quality contraception services as central and critical components of success.

As a result of this strengthened focus on contraception, discussions between bilateral, multilateral, and private foundation donors outlined strategies to identify knowledge gaps in areas that could best be addressed through collective action. On such gap is around policy and financing mechanisms for contraception. The scientific evidence available on the effectiveness of the various financing mechanisms for contraception is extremely limited.

To address some of these issues, a WHO-led Research Initiative on Financing Mechanisms for Family Planning and Contraception was established. The overall goal is to develop and strengthen the evidence base on financing mechanisms, in turn, leading to the development of effective, quality contraceptive programmes with financing mechanisms that expand access, increase uptake, reduce unmet need, and consider the specific needs of the poor and marginalized populations.

The five systematic reviews provide insight on the strength of the evidence base relating to various financing mechanisms and based on the identified gaps, a new research agenda. The studies used a common protocol that was jointly developed. A number of funding agencies were involved at the early stages as well as at a review of the results in order to increase the likelihood of follow-up work.

The studies looked at 5 intervention groups, please find links to the articles as under:

SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS OF MECHANISMS FOR FINANCING FAMILY PLANNING: AN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION. Studies in Family Planning. Volume 47 Number 4, December 2016

Hope you will enjoy reading these papers. Let me know if you need further information.

Thanks and best regards,

Moazzam

Moazzam Ali MBBS, PhD, MPH | Medical Officer | UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) | Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) | World Health Organization. Avenue Appia 20, Geneva 27, CH-1211 Switzerland | Tel: +41 (22) 791.3442 | Mobile +41 (79) 477 0431 | E-mail: alimoa@who.int | Skype: moazzam.2000

 

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