Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls (E2A)
The Evidence to Action Project (E2A) is USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery. The project aims to address the reproductive healthcare needs of girls, women, and underserved communities around the world by increasing support, building evidence, and leading the scale-up of best practices that improve family planning services.
Three core mandates guide the project:
- Increase global support for family planning/reproductive health best practices that strengthen service delivery
The project develops and supports international partnerships that help increase access to quality reproductive healthcare. E2A engages with governments and local champions alike to promote policies and standards that ensu re women receive quality services through all stages of the reproductive life cycle.
- Strengthen the knowledge base around family planning/reproductive health best practices
Proven best practices in reproductive health – such as community-based distribution of contraceptives – can improve access to quality health services for those most in need. Many countries have not taken these approaches to scale, however, due to limited resources and knowledge on widespread application. In addition, some promising approaches to service delivery have shown success but lack a body of evidence demonstrating impact. E2A helps build evidence around health impact and implementation science by continually supporting research summaries, evaluating program experiences, and disseminating this knowledge.
- Introduce and scale-up family planning/reproductive health best practices that strengthen service delivery
The project collaborates with countries, governments, and international organizations to facilitate the implementation of programs that improve access, quality, and use of family planning services. E2A assesses service delivery and health system gaps, introduces systematic scale-up methodologies that align with national priorities, and provides ongoing assistance to strengthen healthcare systems and ensure country ownership.
By turning reproductive health knowledge into programmatic action, E2A strengthens family planning/reproductive health services and helps underserved women, men, and youth around the world make informed decisions about their reproductive lives. Awarded in September 2011, this five-year project is led by Pathfinder International in partnership with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), ExpandNet, IntraHealth International, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and PATH.
Reflecting on the last five years of implementation, this technical brief shares how Pathfinder's IFHP has mobilized drivers for systems strengthening by prioritizing community needs and facilitating informed decision making.
Pathfinder works to improve primary healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo by supporting reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health services.
PAST PROJECT: Using Community Scorecards, this project empowered citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health 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.
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative is increasing its advocacy efforts in India this year, expanding into a new state and pursuing national-level advocacy through the private sector. The India offices of Jhpiego and Pathfinder International will join as AFP’s local partners to support this expansion, which results from a recent supplement award.
What's more, women in Ethiopia are having fewer children (the fertility rate fell from an average of 6.5 children per woman in 2000 to 4.6 currently), maternal deaths are in decline, and more women are staying in school longer. Plus, more women are opting for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) instead of more traditional short-term methods like birth control pills or condoms.