Researchers have carried out an evaluation to determine how the World Health Organization’s planning, policy, and program implementation process was used in 15 countries that requested technical support in addressing unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion.
The process called the Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs (or “the SA”), is a three-stage planning, policy, and program implementation process.
By using the social ecological model (SEM) to analyze contextual factors, it was identified that SA implementation was influenced by individual, community, organizational and policy-level factors. The study also found that stakeholders perceived the implementation to be country-driven and systematic in bringing attention to important sexual and reproductive health issues in their countries. Key success factors for implementing the SA include:
- ensuring stakeholder engagement during all stages of SA activities
- monitoring and reporting on activities
- leveraging activities and outputs from each SA stage to obtain technical and financial support for subsequent stages.
Findings from this study can guide efforts in countries that are currently using the SA or conducting similar activities to improve sexual and reproductive health services.
‘Evaluating implementation of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion’ appears in the journal, Reproductive Health 2017 14:153 (published 21st November 2017).
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