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Arlington, Virginia, John Snow [JSI], Family Planning Logistics Management [FPLM], 2000. x, 67 p. (USAID Contract No. CCP-C-00-95-00028-00)This report documents the status of technical assistance provided by the USAID-funded Family Planning Logistics Management project to the Bangladesh Family Planning Program in developing a countrywide contraceptive logistics system. A study conducted in November 1999 to evaluate the impact of technical assistance on logistics management and contraceptive security is detailed. The report concludes with findings from the study, lessons learned, and recommendations to continue improvements in the system. (author's)
Health systems research in maternal and child health including family planning: issues and priorities. Report of the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Task Force on Health Systems Research in Maternal and Child Health including Family Planning, New Delhi, 12-15 March 1984.
[Unpublished] 1985. 23 p. (MCH/85.8)In a series of general discussions aimed at establishing health systems research priorities, the Steering Committee of the Task Force on the Risk Approach and Program Research in Maternal-Child Health/Family Planning Care identified 9 major issues: 1) health services and health systems, 2) research and service to the community, 3) involving the community, 4) evaluation, 5) information systems, 6) interdisciplinary nature of health systems research, 7) appropriateness in technology and research, 8) funding and collaboration between agencies, and 9) implications for research program strategies. Background considerations regarding subject priorities for health systems research include the policies, goals, and programs of WHO, especially the goal of health for all by the year 2000. Of particular importance is the joining of training in health systems research with the research itself given the shortage of workers in this area. The sequence of events in the management of research proposals includes approach by an applicant, the WHO response, information to the appropriate WHO regional office, the beginning of technical dialogue, development of protocol, submission of grant application, contractual agreement, initial payments, regular monitoring of progress, proposed training strategy, annual reports, final report, and assistance in disseminating results. 3 subject areas were identified by the Steering Committee for additional scrutiny: 1) the dissemination of results of health systems research in maternal-child health/family planning, 2) the implementation of health services research and the studies to be funded, and 3) the coordination and "broker" functions of the Steering Committee.
Research on the biomedical aspects of fertility regulation and on the operational aspects of family planning programmes.
Background paper prepared by The World Health Organization for the World Population Conference, Bucharest, Romania, August 19-30, 1974. 34 p.The potential role of research and development in the solution of problems that have emerged in most family planning programs, i.e., the availability of methods of birth control to meet a variety of personal needs and preferences, is discussed. Topics include 1) research on the biomedical aspects of fertility regulation, 2) research on the operational aspects of family planning in health services, 3) a strategy for research, and 4) the World Helath Organization's program of research. There is a need for a wide range of contraceptive methods. The quest for an "ideal contraceptive" is based on the mistaken and simplistic assumption that any single method would be universally acceptable. Current research and development of methods of fertility regulation are carried out to improve existing methods, to assess their suitability in different populations, and to develop new technology. Various methods of contraception are discussed. The successful implementation of a family planning program depends ultimately on the extent and consistent use by individuals and couples of birth planning practices. The factors that motivate them in this regard include social prescriptions on parenthood, cultural considerations affecting conjugal relationships and sexuality, and values attached to children. Base-line data on these factors obtained from different communities are essential to the development by health authorities of appropriate informational, educational, and clinical services.