Aspen Global Health and Development

Seeking Innovations

Universal access to reproductive health is possible, and the Resolve Award offers countries the opportunity to highlight innovations in meeting this essential health need. The members of the Global Leaders Council seek to incentivize the sharing and implementation of best practices in financing, policy development, and expansion of service delivery in the context of reproductive health.

For example, in Ethiopia, expanding the Health Extension Program (HEP) – a package of family health, disease prevention and control, personal hygiene, environmental health, health education, and family planning services provided by health extension workers (HEWs) – has resulted in the deployment of more than 30,000 HEWs throughout the country and an increase in contraceptive use from 6% in 2000 to 14% in 2005. In Nepal, family planning is a priority element of the Essential Health Care Service in its Health Sector Strategy (2004), Nepal Health Sector Programme–Implementation Plan (2004–2009), and in the Second Long-term Health Plan (2007–2011). These policy developments have contributed to expanding knowledge of contraception to over 99%, regardless of educational background. The Ministry of Health in Rwanda stressed the cost-effectiveness of family planning to ensure reproductive health commodities were on the Ministry of Finance’s agenda. This approach to financing, as well as the increase in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to support contraceptive commodity security, has translated to strengthened public sector service provision (government health centers, hospitals and other public entities), now serving almost 90% of all family planning users.

The Resolve Award
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