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High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs)

High Impact Practices (HIPs) are a set of evidence-based family planning practices vetted by experts against specific criteria and documented in an easy-to-use format. Endorsed by more than 30 organizations, HIPs help build consensus around our current understanding of what works in family planning. HIPs are identified based on impact on contraceptive use and potential [more…]

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Good Governance in Civil Society Organizations (eManager)

The concept of good governance has gained prominence in development programs over the past decade. Good governance in the health sector and other sectors that have an impact on health is recognized as essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Ministries of health and donors are increasingly looking to civil society organizations (CSOs) as active [more…]

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QuanTB

QuanTB is an electronic quantification and early warning system designed to improve procurement processes, ordering, and supply planning for TB treatment. Created by the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical and Services (SIAPS) Program, QuanTB is a downloadable desktop tool that transforms complicated calculations into user-friendly graphs displaying key information for managing medicines. When used on a regular basis (e.g., monthly, quarterly), QuanTB serves as an early warning system, providing information on actual versus planned consumption, potential expiries, and stock outs of medicines.

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Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Information Kit

Developed by Family Care International (FCI) and Gynuity Health Projects, the Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Information Kit contains a range of informational publications and briefing cards on the potential role of a widely available drug (misoprostol) in reducing deaths from postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death and disability in developing countries.

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Preventing Early Pregnancy and Poor Reproductive Outcomes: A Toolkit

In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Family Care International developed this advocacy toolkit, available in English, French, and Spanish, to promote the dissemination of WHO guidelines on Preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries, which focus on key actions that aim to [more…]

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Making the Case for Midwifery: A Toolkit for Using Evidence from the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 Report to Create Policy Change at the Country Level

This toolkit, available in English, French and Spanish, is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and capacity of midwives, and of their national midwifery associations, to conduct advocacy for positive policy change at the country level, using evidence published in The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2014 report.

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PROSALUD the Fully Functional Service Delivery Point in Nicaragua and Other Highlights

The Fully Functional Service Delivery Point (FFSDP) approach to quality assurance and improvement addresses the whole system at the health facility, through the application of three main components: (a) Quality standards-based evaluation; (b) Evidence-based work-planning; and, (c) Work-plan implementation using educational and intervention tools for performance improvement. The objective of the FFSDP is to turn [more…]

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Monitoring-Training-Planning (MTP) on Family Planning

Monitoring-Training-Planning (MTP) on Family Planning is a brief, step-by-step, self-applied implementation methodology designed to guide implementation groups to construct programs in their area. MTP on Family Planning is comprised of four sequential modules to be applied one per month in order. The four modules are 1) Situational Analysis and Logistics, 2) Family Planning Norms, 3) [more…]

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Leadership Development Program Plus (LDP+): A Guide for Facilitators

The Leadership Development Program Plus (LDP+) is the enhanced version of the Leadership Development Program (LDP), first delivered by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 2002. It is a team-based, results-oriented, participatory leadership development process that enables teams to face challenges and achieve results through a process of action-based learning. Individuals from the same workplace form teams to learn and apply leadership, management, and governance practices to improve a common set of health indicators.
The LDP+ Facilitator’s Guide is for facilitators to use and learn from as they implement the LDP+. It presents the foundations of the program and explains how to conduct all the necessary activities. It is designed to be easy-to-use and adaptable to the specific needs of an organization or LDP+ Improvement Team. The guide includes background information on the LDP+; Detailed instructions on how to conduct all LDP+ meetings and workshops; and handouts for participants.

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The PBF Handbook: Designing and Implementing Effective Performance-Based Financing Programs
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Performance-based Financing (PBF) is a powerful means of increasing the quality and quantity of health services by providing incentives to suppliers to improve performance and achieve results. PBF can increase the use and quality of health services, stabilize or decrease the costs of these services, help use limited resources effectively, and improve staff motivation and morale, a proven incentive for staff retention.

This PBF handbook has been designed for use by both program design officers at US Government (USG) agencies at the central and country levels as well as for PBF implementers at national and local levels. It is our hope that presenting this comprehensive overview of PBF from both the funders’ and the implementers’ perspectives will help to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of PBF programs that enhance service delivery and create positive health outcomes.

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