A community health worker counsels her client on family planning issues under a tree in rural Uganda. Credit: Morrisa Malkin, FHI 360
Community-based family planning (CBFP) is a safe and effective way to increase access to vital family planning (FP) services for people across the world. The global shortage of health care workers leaves many women with an unmet need for FP. Employing CBFP approaches helps reach the women who are most vulnerable to unintended pregnancy by bringing sexual and reproductive health services to them. FP2020’s goals include reaching an additional 120 million women by the year 2020—a goal that is attainable in large part because of CBFP practices, with their high efficacy in reaching more women and delivering effective services, safely—particularly to women in rural and underserved communities.
Imagine a health system in which low-income clients can access free contraceptive products and services, those with slightly more financial means can access partially subsidized products and services, and those with the most robust ability to pay can purchase products and services from the commercial sector. Countries implementing a total market approach to family planning strive to make this a reality by using all available public, nonprofit, and private commercial sector resources and infrastructure to improve sustainable access to family planning services for all clients.
IntraHealth International | Senior Informatics Advisor
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The 2016 Global Digital Health Forum offered a variety of sessions and formats. From simultaneous interactive workshops, panel presentations and fireside chats, one of the challenges for me was that I found all of the content so compelling, I had a hard time prioritizing sessions. One cannot be everywhere—although Co-Chairs Amanda BenDor and Heidi Good Boncana tried to be—and any one person’s observations are really anecdotal. Well, here are my anecdotes.
Global Digital Health Forum panelists: Sam Wambugu, Mark Cardwell, Siobhan Green, Melissa Sabatier. Photo: Jarret Cassaniti, 2016
Data is a powerful tool that can help managers improve health care delivery to the people they serve. During the two days I spent at the Global Digital Health Forum, big data was referenced and audience-first approaches were frequently discussed. Data visualizations were also mentioned as an effective way to deliver meaningful messages. And, they can be as simple as developing a pie chart or table.