Accessing High-Quality Family Planning in Zambia
- About two-thirds of Zambians live in poverty, despite steady economic growth
- Abt Associates is helping the government expand access to high-quality family planning services through the Scaling Up Family Planning (SUFP) program
- The goal is full ownership of the SUFP model by the Ministry of Health to sustain the program
Zambia’s economy has grown in recent years, although approximately two-thirds of the country lives in poverty. Improving and expanding health services to all requires strengthening the country’s health systems. Access to high-quality family planning is one contributor to better health.
Abt Associates is implementing the Scaling Up Family Planning (SUFP) Program Phase II, which builds on success in the first phase of the program. SUFP is helping government of Zambia expand access to high-quality family planning services in 26 underserved and vulnerable districts.
SUFP - funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development - works with the Zambian Ministry of Health (MOH) and key stakeholders to address unmet needs for family planning. We developed an approach called camping. It is a holistic approach in which a technical team “camps” in a district for an intensive two weeks of training and mobilization.
SUFP Phase I resulted in an additional 295,100 women and girls using a family planning method and achieved 578,240 couple years of protection. Less than 1 percent of facilities experienced a stock-out, the result of improved supply chain management. Almost 3,000 health workers, community members, and others were trained to provide comprehensive family planning services.
The goal of Phase II is full ownership and implementation of the model by the MOH, implementation in new provinces and districts, and contribution towards achievement of Zambia’s FP2020 goals.