Contraceptive Security

Review the Evidence

40 years of evidence; one comprehensive database

POPLINE is the world’s largest free database of family planning and reproductive health literature. An international resource, POPLINE helps program managers, policy makers, and service providers in low- and middle-income countries and in development-supportive agencies and organizations gain access to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished documents.

Browse the latest evidence on contraceptive security and logistics.

Global Health: Science and Practice Journal, December 2015

Open access, peer-reviewed journal

The Global Health: Science and Practice Journal also contains a wealth of peer-reviewed research on topics relevant to contraceptive security.

Read some of the latest research and commentary on public health supply chain systems:

  • Arney L, Yadav P, Miller R, Wilkerson T. Strategic contracting practices to improve procurement of health commodities. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2014;2(3):295-306. Practices such as flexible, pre-established framework agreements can improve timeliness and cost of procurement and help improve commodity security. Addressing legislative barriers and building technical capacity in contract management may facilitate the use of such practices.
  • Bornbusch A, Dickens T, Hart C, Wright C. A stewardship approach to shaping the future of public health supply chain systems. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2014;2(4):403-409. Guiding Principles: (1) Governments should see themselves as stewards of supply chains, providing vision, guidance, and oversight, not necessarily as operators of supply chains. (2) Governments should not be afraid to leverage the multiple supply chain actors and diverse options available; these can be woven into a coherent, integrated system, providing flexibility and reducing risk. (3) Governments will need new skills in leadership, regulation, market research, contract design, oversight of outsourced providers, financial analysis, and alliance-building.

Read the latest evidence on ensuring contraceptive security in diverse settings:

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Evidence summaries: the HIPs briefs

The High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) team at USAID has developed briefs that synthesize the evidence and provide recommendations on how to implement selected HIPs.

The central medical store of Benin receives contraceptives transferred from Burkina Faso. © WAHO, 2014

Case Studies

Two briefs highlight the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT’s work improving contraceptive security in West and Central Africa.

  • Collaboration with the West African Health Organization (WAHO) to Improve Contraceptive Security (English [2015; PDF, 180KB]) (Français [2015; PDF, 218KB]) This brief summarizes some of the achievements resulting from the project’s strategic partnership with WAHO and demonstrates how these achievements have led to greater support for contraceptive security.
  • Early Warning System for Contraceptives in West and Central Africa Improves Supply Availability (2015; PDF, 610KB) This brief outlines how the Early Warning System for contraceptives has improved the visibility and monitoring of contraceptive stock status, and mitigated critical contraceptive stock imbalances in the project’s 13 target countries.
Advocacy in Zanzibar Leads to Reduction in Family Planning Commodity Stock-outs

Advance Family Planning's new case studies illustrate the stories behind several of 2015's advocacy "wins" (discrete policy or funding advancements) and their impacts. They depict not only the process leading to significant advocacy achievements, but also capture indirect outcomes and nuances of collaborative efforts. Each extracts lessons learned and next steps for future advocacy:


Topic last updated: March 11, 2019