Accountability in the Reproductive Health Sector
This project, funded by the Results for Development Institute under William and Flora Hewlett Foundation support, aimed to better understand and overcome problems with public spending and service delivery in reproductive health in Tanzania.
The project generated evidence-based information through the use of Citizen Report Cards to persuade local government authorities to allocate funding for family planning during stock outs. The project also influenced the contraceptive supply chain management system to address stock outs at the district level, and strengthened the capacity of two local organizations and women’s and youth groups in the use of the Citizen Report Card for accountability.
The project engaged beneficiaries and health workers to measure access to contraceptives, identify inefficiencies and gaps, and develop appropriate solutions to respond to the public's contraceptive needs. Training of community-based organizations and meetings with women of reproductive age, health workers, and district and regional authorities culminated in a national stakeholders' forum to produce a joint strategy to ensure family planning supplies are available at all facilities.
Through the use of the Citizens Report Card, Pathfinder obtained feedback from FP clients in the regions of Dodoma, Shinyanga, and Dar es Salaam on the quality of FP services they received through public health facilities. Pathfinder worked on a three-level dissemination plan to distribute reports with findings and analyses from the Citizen Report Cards: a national level plan targeting key Ministry of Health and Social Welfare officials and Family Planning partners; a district level plan targeting district officials and health facility level service providers; and a community level plan which targeted community members. The dissemination meetings presented specific findings of FP client feedback and suggested actions.
This technical update discusses Pathfinder International and partners’ experience implementing the Citizen Report Card to support the government in understanding local experience of contraception and family planning services.
PAST PROJECT: This project worked to improve, scale up, and institutionalize HIV and AIDS prevention and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Institutional capacity building was a key component of the project.
PAST PROJECT: Pathfinder was awarded a second grant from the Results for Development Institute to implement activities that are complementary to those of the Citizen Report Cards.
PAST PROJECT: This project provided technical assistance and support to local organizations in Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, and Uganda, with the goal of improving each grantees organizational capacity to affect health and community systems strengthening.
Today, Pathfinder celebrates Global Female Condom Day with educational events and advocacy around the world that brings a heightened focus on a still-obscure tool in women’s sexual and reproductive health.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Josea Otege of Pathfinder International said that Demographic Dividend is achieved due to policy changes in education, health, family planning, economic reforms and government accountability, which in turn help to promote demographic transition.