the planning phase, the six countries have been experimenting
with different community-based mechanisms that enable
communities to influence the quality of reproductive
of particular interest to the project include community
mobilization and advocacy strategies, savings and credit
programmes, and micro-insurance schemes. All three have
particular relevance in enabling communities to have
a "stronger voice" in working with providers.
countries where health sector reform is underway, ways
to enable organized community groups to work more directly
with local councils to monitor the process of improving
the quality of services are under consideration.
in 2001, with funding from the United Nations Foundation
(UNF), Stronger Voices builds on the respective strengths
and experiences of four UN partners: UNFPA,
UNICEF, and WHO.
activities are underway in the six pilot countries --
Peru and Tanzania.