To succeed, a family planning program needs an uninterrupted supply of a variety of contraceptives so that clients can choose and use their preferred method without interruption. Successful programs provide contraceptive security—that is they ensure that people are able to choose, obtain, and use high-quality contraceptives whenever they want them. Offering a full range of contraceptive options is also important. Contraceptive security requires planning and commitment on several levels to ensure that the necessary commodities, equipment, and other supplies are always available.
Several resources are available to help programs understand the local context and ensure contraceptive security. This section of the Toolkit includes tools that can help decision-makers measure a country’s level of contraceptive security and tools that help program managers plan optimal procurement and delivery schedules for health commodities as well as monitor their orders throughout the supply chain.
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