Resources

Publications

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

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
28 September 2013

UNFPA Patron Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Highlights Women’s Empowerment at Global Citizen Festival

NEW YORK CITY – “One of the key indicators of inequality is maternal mortality. Every single day 800 women die from pregnancy and childbirth related complications”, H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark told a 60,000 strong attentive audience Central Park at the Global Citizen Festival. more
26 September 2013

Maternal Health: Why Are Women Still Dying?

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA and the South African Broadcast Corporation’s "Big Debate" series brought together a high-level panel and a dynamic audience to tackle the hard-hitting questions at the heart of improving maternal health by the 2015 MDG deadline and beyond. more
23 September 2013

UN Secretary-General, UNFPA Call for Accelerated Action to Prevent Women and Girls from Dying Unnecessarily

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As world leaders converge in New York for the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, UNFPA convened a High-level Forum to address what needs to be done to scale up action towards the achievement of MDG5 – improve maternal health. more
17 September 2013

Calling Attention to Ways to Improve Global Health

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin responds to New York Times editorial on "The Race to Improve Global Health". more