Assessment of Family Planning Service Availability and Readiness in 10 African Countries

6 October, 2018

Assessment of Family Planning Service Availability and Readiness in 10 African Countries

Moazzam Ali, Madeline Farron, Thandassery Ramachandran Dilip, Rachel Folz

Global Health: Science and Practice Oct 2018, 6 (3) 473-483; DOI: 10.9745/GHSP-D-18-00041

http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/6/3/473

In the 10 countries surveyed, the availability of oral contraceptives, injectables, and condoms varied greatly, and the availability of basic items indicating service readiness, such as guidelines, trained staff, equipment, and certain commodities, was low.

Conclusion: Stock-outs and logistics management problems were common among the countries surveyed. Critical gaps between reported and actual availability of products and services often makes it difficult for end users to access appropriate family planning methods. To address many of the issues, additional health worker training is needed and more effort to target and support adolescents should be undertaken. To achieve universal health coverage targets for family planning, gaps in the availability and readiness of health systems to provide contraceptive products and services must be reduced.

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