When clients can easily obtain services, they are better able to use family planning. In the broadest sense, a population has good access to services when:
- Service delivery points are conveniently available to everyone
- Everyone knows where to find these services
- Everyone feels welcome
- Services are free of unnecessary administrative and medical barriers
- People can choose from a range of contraceptives
In many settings, access to family planning services is constrained by geographic, physical, financial, medical, administrative, social, or cultural barriers. Offering services through multiple channels, such as clinics, community-based distribution, private practices, mobile or temporary facilities, and retail outlets, helps to increase access.
This section of the Toolkit includes resources for addressing the challenges one might face in trying to obtain family planning services.
For more information about innovative programming models to increase access to family planning, please visit the K4Health Toolkits on:
- Postpartum Family Planning
- Community-Based Family Planning
- Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives
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