Cost-effectiveness of interventions for improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Research on the cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve SRH for adolescents is limited. This rapid review includes research on some interventions which focus specifically on girls and some research on programmes for both boys and girls. Three studies were identified that specifically analysed cost-effectiveness of SRH interventions for adolescents in low- and middle-income countries (see… Read more

Evidence for the greater cost-effectiveness of long acting methods in family planning

The key message from the evidence that although long acting and permanent methods of contraception incur higher initial costs than short acting methods, the long term protection that they provide and substantially greater effectiveness at preventing unintended pregnancies means that their overall cost-effectiveness is higher. Research included in this review describe this key message, including… Read more

The effects of contraception on obstetric outcomes

The contribution of contraception to reductions in obstetric mortality and morbidity is universally acknowledged. One major pathway is by reducing the number of unwanted births. Each pregnancy and childbirth carry a health risk for the woman, and where obstetric services are poor, maternal mortality is still very high. In most Asian and Latin American countries… Read more

New evidence on birth spacing: promising findings for improving newborn, infant, child, and maternal health

This editorial summarizes new evidence, some of which is published in this supplement, on birth spacing and newborn, infant, child and maternal health, as well as the demand for birth spacing services in the developing world. The article points to the high number of annual infant, child and maternal deaths, low birth weight infants and… Read more

Meeting the Need: Strengthening Family Planning Programs

This report is designed as a general resource to help family planning program managers strengthen their programs and meet growing family planning needs. It does not attempt to present a detailed technical analysis of the issues and does not address the many regional and country variations and circumstances related to providing family planning services. Instead,… Read more

Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

This course has two main goals. The first is to provide an introduction to key sexual and reproductive health issues of youth, including the relationship between gender norms and health. The second is to present an overview of the best programmatic approaches for improving young people’s sexual and reproductive health. By the end of this… Read more

Mapping the Donor Landscape in Global Health: Family Planning and Reproductive Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation mapped the geographic landscape of global health donor assistance for family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH). Recipient countries typically received assistance for FP/RH from multiple different donors. Looking over the period 2009-2011, the report found: The average number of donors present in each recipient country was 8. Eleven recipient countries… Read more

Family Planning and the Public Sector

There appears to be a trend of increasing uptake of family planning programmes and increasing equity of uptake.  It is difficult to establish cause and effect with the impact of public sector family planning programmes.  However, sections 2 and 3 look at the evidence on this issue.  This includes general overview papers as well as… Read more

Female Condoms

This report is divided into the following sections: Who Uses the Female Condom? Typical users seem to vary in different countries and according to different studies. This section looks at different countries and identifies users and the reasons behind this. Is FC use correlated to HIV prevalence? Study results differ on whether they may be… Read more

Accreditation and Awards for Health Facility Standards

This report includes articles on accreditation for health facilities.  It is divided into the following sections: Case studies in family planning Current family planning accreditation in Uganda and IPPF General information on accreditation Case studies for other healthcare facilities Rewards There is also some information on accreditation: International structures and national structures and activities for… Read more

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