Family Planning Commodity Security

Family planning commodity security is critical to help families time and space pregnancies to protect the health of mothers and children.

Blog Post on Faith-based Alliance Working to Reduce Stockouts in Cameroon
Strengthening Connections for Faith-based Organizations to Improve Family Planning Commodity Availability | This post explains how John Snow Inc. and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition are working with an alliance of FBOs in Cameroon to strengthen commodity security.

Faith-based Organizations: Strategic Partners in Meeting the Need for Family Planning | This fact sheet about the importance of faith-based organizations in providing contraceptives in Cameroon was prepared for use by a Faith-based Alliance to advocate with their Ministry of Public Health for greater involvement in family planning commodity security.

French Translation

Reports and Publications

Building the Evidence: Unique Stockout Challenges of FBO Health Facilities

This report outlines the research and findings from the first phase of a project funded under the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) Reducing Stockouts Initiative to build evidence on the unique supply and supply chain challenges faced by FBOs. The goal of this phase was to identify distinct types of FBO supply chain systems, the performance of the types in terms of stockouts, and the associated challenges these supply chain systems face that contribute to stockouts. The findings from this phase point to possible approaches to addressing challenges these types of supply chain systems face that result in stockouts. The study evaluated FBO stockouts and key drivers of commodity security, such as sources of products, facility inventory and storage practices, financing, and more. Research methods included an initial email survey, subsequent phone interviews, and in-country visits in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The responses helped to validate a typology of supply chain systems and offered clarification and information to advise future supply chain interventions.

Ten Point Guide: Getting Contraceptives to Health Facilities: 10 Questions for Community-Based Groups to Consider

Released July 2012 | Revised February 2013 | Many couples in the developing world want to space their children because they know that adequate time between pregnancies is healthy for mothers and children. This guide will help organizations plan and implement the process of ensuring a consistent supply of family planning commodities for service delivery sites, field sites and health workers, a process which requires careful planning, coordination and overall management, and will most likely involve a range of partner organizations.

Kiswahili: Kuwezesha Mbinu Za Uzuiaji Mimba Katika Suhula Za Afya: Maswali 10 Kwa Vikunki Vya Jamii Kuzingatia

Francais: L’Approvisionnement Des Etablissements De Sante En Contraceptifs: 10 Questions a Considerer Par Les Groupe Communautaires 

More on Family Planning Commodity Security

Visit the following for more resources on commodity security.

Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition website

JSI Deliver

Chemonics USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program


AccessRH Webinar | CCIH collaborated with UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) to offer a webinar on AccessRH in January 2013. AccessRH is a reproductive health procurement and information service to improve access to quality, affordable reproductive health commodities and reduce delivery times for low- and middle-income country governments and non-governmental organizations. The service is managed by UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) and offers accurate, up-to-date information on family planning supplies and shipments for more than 140 countries.

Ten Point Guide WebinarCCIH hosted a webinar in September 2012 on the guide, How to Get Contraceptives to Health Facilities: 10 Questions for Community-Based Groups, featuring Gary Steele of John Snow, Inc. and Amy Metzger of CCIH. The guide was developed in response to ongoing interest of members and affiliates who want to introduce or expand contraceptive services for the patients they serve. The guide offers a flexible, hands-on approach to priority steps for ensuring a steady supply of contraceptives.