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ACCESS-FP: Addressing Unmet Need for Postpartum Family Planning

Conakry, Guinea


Summary

The ACCESS-FP Program is a 5-year, USAID-sponsored global program with the goal of responding to the significant unmet needs for family planning among postpartum women. As an Associate Award through the ACCESS Program, ACCESS-FP is implemented by Jhpiego in partnership with Save the Children, Constella Futures, the Academy for Educational Development, the American College of Nurse-Midwives and IMA World Health.

ACCESS-FP will also collaborate with the Frontiers in Reproductive Health Project to jointly implement operations research studies to strengthen access to postpartum family planning services. USAID Missions and regional bureaus can buy into the ACCESS-FP award through core funds, field support or MAARDS.

ACCESS-FP will reduce unmet need for family planning among postpartum women by strengthening family planning in maternal, neonatal and child health service delivery programs. Specifically, the program will:

-- Test alternative service delivery approaches to expand contraceptive options and increase use of modern family planning methods among postpartum women; -- Improve use of the lactational amenorrhea method and the transition to longer-term modern contraceptive methods; -- Educate and counsel on birth spacing; and -- Identify targets of opportunity to strengthen family planning in maternal, neonatal and child health programs.

Through its linkages with the ACCESS Program, ACCESS-FP presents a comprehensive strategy to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and repositioning postpartum family planning services. By promoting innovative family planning programs and the integration of family planning as a life-saving intervention at every point along the household-to-hospital continuum of care, ACCESS-FP will increase recognition of family planning as an essential component of maternal, neonatal and child health care.

ACCESS-FP also works collaboratively with Cooperating Agencies in population, health and HIV/AIDS to share best practices for postpartum family planning so that all projects can contribute to helping postpartum women and couples meet their reproductive goals.

Now available: The ACCESS-FP Programmatic Framework, which demonstrates multiple opportunities to provide FP information and services in maternal and infant health services.

About ACCESS:

The ACCESS Program is the U.S. Agency for International Development''s global program to improve maternal and newborn health. The ACCESS Program works to expand coverage, access and use of key maternal and newborn health services across a continuum of care from the household to the hospital—with the aim of making quality health services accessible for women and newborns. Jhpiego implements the program in partnership with Save the Children, Constella Futures, the Academy for Educational Development, the American College of Nurse-Midwives and Interchurch Medical Assistance.

For more information, please visit our web site: www.accesstohealth.org

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