JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. successfully implemented the Together for Health for the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2005 to 2011. For further information on project activites, visit the TfH page on jsi.com.
Together for Health takes a systems approach to achieve its goal of reducing abortions, unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. This approach is built on four main strategies:
1. Strengthening family planning and reproductive health service provision by integrating them into the emerging primary care system and into postpartum and postabortion care. A wide range of health professionals, ranging from obstetrician/gynecologists to family doctors and midwives, will be trained to offer counseling that is in line with evidence-based, internationally-accepted practices. This training will use a sustainable strategy that fully integrates project training curriculum and clinical guidelines into postgraduate and continuous medical education.
2. Increasing the general public's knowledge about FP/RH, changing behavior by seeking to ensure that the population is well-informed and encouraging them to use the newly-available services. Primary target audiences include men and women in their twenties—populations who are most likely to have abortions and contract sexually transmitted infections—and youth populations, with the goal of promoting lifelong reproductive health.
Creating networks of community and peer-educators through cooperation with governmental, non-governmental, and private-sector organizations as well as building partnerships with mass-media to disseminate accurate and easy-to-understand information will ensure a long-term positive impact on FP/RH behaviors.
3. Improving the availability, affordability and accessibility of a range of contraceptive methods through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Key strategies include a) working with private sector partners to expand the range of methods available in pharmacies, by co-marketing contraceptive methods and including various contraceptive brands at affordable prices, and b) working with Ministry of Health to define eligibility criteria for receiving fully subsidized contraceptives through efficient governmental procurements and international donations.
4. Supporting development of policies and systems for improved quality of FP/RH services by facilitating the adoption and implementation of the State Program Reproductive Health of the Nation up to 2015 and through strengthening MOH and oblast health departments' public health management capabilities.
Together for Health Project Brochure English | Ukrainian
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