Parkers Mobile Clinic (PMC360) is a Nigerian non-profit organization. It brings integrated health care services, including reproductive health services, to the doorsteps of people in rural and remote areas. In this interview, Dr. Charles Umeh, the founder of Parkers Mobile Clinic, highlights the organization’s focus—tackling health inequality and overpopulation to improve population, health, and environmental outcomes.
Massive improvements in our family planning (FP) supply chains in recent years have generated an expanded and more reliable method choice for women and girls around the world. But while we celebrate such success, one nagging issue that warrants attention is the corresponding equipment and consumable supplies, like gloves and forceps, necessary to administer these contraceptives: Are they also getting to where they’re needed, when needed? Current data—both documented and anecdotal—suggest that they aren’t. At the very least, gaps remain. Through a literature review, secondary analysis, and a series of workshops held in Ghana, Nepal, Uganda, and the United States, we sought to understand this situation and put forth solutions to ensure that reliable method choice is accessible to FP users around the world. This piece is based on a larger piece of work funded by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Innovation Fund.
Key populations, including female sex workers, face barriers to health care access that include stigma, criminalization, and gender-based violence. In many cases, these barriers can be mitigated by peer educators, who bring valuable insight and may engender trust with clients.
Le 29 avril, Knowledge SUCCESS & FP2030 a organisé la quatrième et dernière session de la troisième série de conversations de la série Connecting Conversations, Une taille unique ne convient pas à tous : les services de santé reproductive au sein du système de santé élargi doivent répondre aux divers besoins des jeunes. Cette session s'est concentrée sur la façon dont les systèmes de santé peuvent s'adapter pour répondre aux besoins changeants des jeunes à mesure qu'ils grandissent pour s'assurer qu'ils restent pris en charge.
On April 29th, Knowledge SUCCESS & Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) hosted the fourth and final session in the third set of conversations in the Connecting Conversations series, One Size Does Not Fit All: Reproductive Health Services Within the Greater Health System Must Respond to Young People’s Diverse Needs. This session focused on how health systems can adapt to meet the changing needs of young people as they grow to ensure that they remain in care.
There is increasing consensus that adolescent-friendly health services—as currently implemented—are not consistently scalable nor sustainable. In an adolescent-responsive system, each building block of the health system—including public and private sectors and communities—respond to adolescent health needs.
The integration of voluntary family planning and reproductive health care (FP/RH) with HIV service provision ensures FP information and services are made available to women and couples living with HIV without discrimination. Our partners at Amref Health Africa discuss the challenges of effectively addressing FP needs for vulnerable clients living in informal settlements and slum areas, and offer recommendations for reinforcing FP and HIV integration.
The chronicle of Malawi’s rapid, efficient introduction of self-injected subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC) into the method mix is a model of teamwork and coordination. Although this process typically takes about 10 years, Malawi achieved it in fewer than three. Self-injected DMPA-SC epitomizes the ideal of self-care by empowering women to learn how to inject themselves, and has the added benefit of helping clients avoid busy clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our colleagues at Amref share how the Tunza Mama network improves the socio-economic status of midwives while positively impacting the health indicators of mothers and children in Kenya.
With the prospect of delivering an effective COVID-19 vaccine ever changing, public health professionals have a responsibility to ensure uninterrupted access to essential health care to women and their families. We must take this opportunity to reinvigorate health systems strengthening efforts that prioritize decentralized, community-based and client-focused mechanisms for accessing health products, services and information.