Publication Date July 1, 2023 Research & Evidence

The Impact of COVID-19 on Contraceptive Supplies Through Private Sector Pharmacies: Analysis of Data from Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Philippines

The private sector plays a key role in delivering family planning (FP) services in many countries, and to date, the impact of COVID-19 on private sector FP services has been relatively unknown. Analysis in this report provides a snapshot of how global shocks like COVID-19 affect local sales of contraceptives in the private sector by using retail pharmacy data collected by IQVIA. The report highlights data from private sector family planning markets in Brazil, Cote d'Ivoire, and the Philippines.

Publication Date June 1, 2023 Webinars

Chatbots, Board Games, and More: Using Innovative Methods to Engage Men in Family Health

Male engagement, whether as part of a child’s immunization journey or a couple’s decision about family planning, is critical for the success of various family health programs. In the MOMENTUM webinar “Chatbots, Board Games, and More: Using Innovative Methods to Engage Men in Family Health,” held on June 27th, 2023, speakers from five countries share that men are willing to support their families’ health needs but need to be engaged intentionally to understand the benefits and how best to do it. In the webinar, they highlight a chatbot to engage men in family planning, a board game to facilitate couples’ communication, global vasectomy trends, insights about men’s roles in children’s immunization, and ideas for engaging men in ways that support women’s rights and autonomy.

Publication Date June 1, 2023 Program & Technical Resources

Data for Action: A Guide for Meetings Focused On Improving Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Program Performance in Low- And Middle-Income Countries

Review and action based on routine health program data is a fundamental strategy for driving an adaptive management and learning process to rapidly improve programming. Data for Action meetings are intended to provide a platform to provide feedback on data quality for prioritized indicators, review progress, and generate a follow-up action plan. This guide supports the conduct of such regular data for action meetings. It includes an illustrative agenda, tools, and templates to adapt to the needs of a reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health project.

Publication Date June 1, 2023 Webinars

Engaging for Impact: Strengthening Private Sector Participation in Public Purchasing for Increased Access to Family Planning in the Philippines

On June 15, 2023, MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery hosted a webinar with partners ThinkWell and the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP) to share how the project has unlocked private sector capacity to expand access to family planning (FP) in the Philippines. The Philippines has made significant progress in expanding access to FP services in recent years, but coverage remains uneven, particularly for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). Since 2021, MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery has supported the IMAP to strengthen private FP provider capacities and participation in these networks, resulting in locally-led solutions co-designed by the public and private sectors. The webinar shared highlights from MOMENTUM’s work and provided global lessons for sustainable private sector engagement in family planning.

Publication Date June 1, 2023 Program & Technical Resources

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness in Malawi: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities

In 2022, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership undertook several country-based qualitative assessments of the successes of, challenges to, and opportunities for effective implementation of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). This Malawi report captures the results and analysis from 18 interviews with Ministry of Health staff at the national, district, and facility levels.  The report breaks down the findings and recommendations across six key program areas: coordination and management, training, supervision, motivation, referrals, and supplies and equipment.

Publication Date June 1, 2023 Research & Evidence

Using a Behavioral Lens to Identify Opportunities to Improve the Effectiveness of Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response in Indonesia: The Behaviorally Focused Applied Political Economy Analysis Approach

In the past several years, Indonesia has been implementing maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) as a strategy to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality. To facilitate progress and complement its wider work in supporting MPDSR rollout, MOMENTUM worked closely with a group of key government stakeholders to apply the BF-APEA approach in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province to better understand the ongoing challenges and come to a consensus on solutions to resolve or mitigate them. 

Publication Date June 1, 2023 Research & Evidence

Silent Burden: Exploring the Link between Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Perinatal Mental Health in Low- And Middle-Income Countries

This technical brief from MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership explores the link between adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and perinatal mental health (PMH) in low- and middle-income countries, highlighting the particular vulnerabilities faced by adolescent girls. It also presents key findings from a landscape analysis and literature review, indicating that mental health conditions among adolescents increase the likelihood of unintended pregnancies, which in turn increase the risk of PMH conditions. The document also discusses the impact of PMH conditions on contraceptive use and future unintended pregnancies and highlights promising approaches to improve adolescent PMH and related SRH outcomes, emphasizing the need for further research in this area.

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