Resources

Publications

UNFPA-PSI Total Market Approach Case Studies
Choices not Chance: UNFPA Family Planning Strategy 2012-2020
Family Planning Advocacy in 18 Countries
Ministerial Forum on Moving Forward for Family Planning: UNFPA at Women Deliver 2013
Sixth Stocktaking Meeting: Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security
Key Results of the Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security 2007-2012
Good Practices in Essential Supplies for Family Planning and Maternal Health
Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security: Annual Report 2012
Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security:  Annual Reports 2008-2010
United Nations High Level Meeting on Reproductive Health Commodity Security
Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits of Contraceptive Services: Estimates for 2012
Progress Profiles
Success Stories in Reproductive Health Commodity Security
Contraceptive Commodities for Women's Health
Donor Support for Contraceptives and Condoms for STI/HIV Prevention 2010
Reproductive Health Commodity Security Update
Reproductive Health and Family Planning Fact Sheets and Resources

 

Videos

What is GPRHCS?
Overview of the High Level Meeting on Reproductive Health Commodity Security  
Mobilizing Resources for RHCS
Supply Management for RHCS
Underserved Communities and RHCS
Helping Cambodians Plan Their Families
Ethiopia: A Family in Crisis - one man, 12 wives and 78 children
Family planning and maternal mortality in Haiti and The Dominican Republic

 

Tools for Practioners

The Advocacy Guide and Toolkit
REPORT: Donor Support for Contraceptives and Condoms for STI/HIV Prevention 2010
LIST: Essential Medicines for Reproductive Health
COSTING TOOL: Integrated Health Model
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT: Computer software (CHANNEL) and Country Commodity Manager (CCM)
SPARCHS: Strategic pathway to reproductive health commodity security: a tool for assessment, planning and implementation
DATA: Rapid Needs Assessment Tool for Condom Programming
 

 

The Monitoring and Evaluation ‘Dashboard’: Quantifying Incremental Progress

Monitoring progress on a year-to-year basis in country progress toward reproductive health supply security is a difficult task. For many priority health goals, such as reduction in maternal mortality, progress is incremental and often very difficult to measure.

For this reason that UNFPA has developed the ‘Dashboard’ software to monitor progress along the road to commodity security.

Each of the eight priority components has a unique set of quantifiable core indicators that can be measured by countries by completing a 120-item electronic questionnaire that requires approximately two hours to complete.

Mapping progress

Using the quantifiable indicators for each priority component, UNFPA has developed an overall ‘Reproductive Health Commodity Security Country Status’ score to measure a country’s current overall effort. progress independent of impact. For example, in this framework scores includes items such as the degree of political support, whether laws have been reviewed, and the availability of resources.

This scoring system provides tangible short-term targets, or process indicators, for countries to aim for, rather than gauging progress by long-term achievements. Since the indicators are based on the recommended steps toward Reproductive Health Commodity Security (link here to SPARCHS), a high Country Status score is expected to be a strong predictor of progress toward these overall health goals.

The online Dashboard (link to dashboard) is a web-based platform that collects, organizes and displays the results of this questionnaire on a map so that users can easily visualize and compare country progress. UNFPA country offices can also use the dashboard to provide quarterly responses to the Core Indicator questionnaire, and all users, including governments and other partners, can track these individual results over time.

 


SPAHRCS: Strategic Pathways to Reproductive Health Commodity Security

Countries often makes use of a diagnostic guide developed by UNFPA, USAID and other agencies called SPARHCS (Strategic Pathways to Reproductive Health Commodity Security).
SPARCHS helps countries fully assess their reproductive health needs. It supports stakeholders in diagnosing a country's Reproductive Health Commodity Security status through a set of questions and tables. These help stakeholders frame their present situation, define expectations for the future, take into account significant trends from the past, and make future projections. Through this process, they can identify and assess the range of challenges and opportunities ahead.

The collaborative process that SPARHCS facilitates:

  • Helps build and maintain multi-sectoral commitment to supply security by raising awareness of and support for commodity security as a program imperative
  • Assists stakeholders reach consensus on priorities by providing a transparent and systematic approach
  • Supports stakeholders develop a multi-partner strategy by harnessing synergies across sectors through collaboration and cooperation
    • Sustains funded implementation of the strategy by requiring that resources be mobilized for each activity included in the plan prior to its initiation
    • Facilitates ongoing monitoring and evaluation of strategy implementation and results by providing a transparent framework for Reproductive Health Commodity Security.

 

News and Updates

28 May 2014

Myanmar’s “red angel” midwives prepare to bring care to displaced women in Rakhine

YANGON, Myanmar – Twenty-three-year-old Ma Thae Ei Phyu is one of five “red angel” midwives to participate in a recent UNFPA-supported intensive training programme at a maternity ward on the outskirts of the Myanmar capital, Yangon. The programme prepared the red angels – named for their red ‘longyi’ garments – to carry out life-saving work in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Sittwe and Myebon townships of Rakhine State. more
07 May 2014

Caught in crisis, South Sudanese women learn to plan their families

JUBA, South Sudan – Teresa Aruoth never knew she could use family planning to help space the births of her children. Married in her teenage years, she counts herself lucky to have remained healthy in a country where one in seven mothers dies in childbirth. But the ongoing crisis in South Sudan has made the need to provide women with family planning services even more urgent. more
30 April 2014

UNFPA Pacific Assists Mothers, Youth Displaced by Solomon Islands Flooding

HONIARA, Solomon Islands – By 11 am on 4 April, residents knew the Mataniko River might breach its banks in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, but no one knew it would wash away their homes within the hour. More than four weeks later, most displaced people remain in evacuation centres. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is providing humanitarian support for these families and others affected by the disaster. more
24 April 2014

Ready-made delivery kits save women’s lives in Cameroon

GAROUA, Cameroon – The first few times she gave birth, Hadja Aminatou, of the northern Cameroonian town of Garoua, could not afford to seek care at the local hospital. Instead, she gave birth at home. But during her last delivery, she was finally able to receive skilled care, largely due to a programme that subsidizes and pre-positions delivery and Caesarean ‘kits’ in health facilities across the country. more
08 November 2013

UNFPA to Highlight Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People, especially Girls

UNITED NATIONS — The third International Conference on Family Planning will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 12-15 November 2013. UNFPA will underscore the importance of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, especially for young people and other vulnerable groups, and organize a number of related events. more
06 October 2013

UNFPA Moves to Promote Condom Use Among Malawi Youth

BLANTYRE, Malawi — In Malawi, the United Nations Population Fund and Malawi government have launched the first ever national HIV/AIDS prevention drive that seeks to promote and increase condom use among youths. The effort, known as Condomize! Campaign, is also the first of its kind in Africa. more