Voices for Choices
The overall goals for the Voices for Choices project are to ensure that district level contraceptive service and supply budget analysis is used to inform national government spending, and that the government commitments for increased funding for contraceptives are honored in the next two budget periods.
This grant from Population Action International allows Pathfinder to see that data based on budget analyses and service provision from the community are used to inform decision makers at the national level—advocating not only that contraceptives be included in the budget, but also that budget pledges are disbursed and spent as intended, in order to meet to the public’s family planning needs.
This project elevates Pathfinder’s current advocacy efforts for better use of budgeted funds to ensure equity in utilization of family planning services. To achieve this goal, Pathfinder and its local partner, Sikika, will conduct several key project activities including budget analysis training, presentation of the findings to stakeholders, ongoing monitoring, and the production of policy briefs from the analysis report.
- To document government budgets versus actual expenditures for contraceptives over the last 3 years in Tanzania.
- To identify and document challenges and best practices for closing gaps between national funding for FP and end-user access to contraceptives and FP services at the health facility level.
- To implement an advocacy strategy to ensure the government’s increased allocation of funding for, and proper spending of, funds for contraceptives.
- To build the capacity of Pathfinder and other local organizations working in advocacy to use budget tracking and analysis tools for strategic, evidence-based advocacy that will sustain project outcomes.
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Pathfinder joins the world in mourning the loss of a visionary, leader, ally, and friend—Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who passed away on December 5, 2013, was formerly the President of South Africa, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and a champion of human rights.
Tanzania will likely fall short of its 2015 reproductive health targets, which aim to reduce one million abortions, 2.9 million unintended births, and 18,000 maternal deaths that occur every year because of poor of access to family planning services.