Several international statements over the past two decades have endorsed the integration of family planning (FP) services with other reproductive health (RH) services as a means of expanding availability and access for potential users. Many rationales underlie the move toward integrating FP with other services. First is that it provides benefits to the client and the program. Moreover, there is the expectation that the costs to the health system of configuring two or more services will cost less than providing them independently. However, there is still little empirical evidence available about integration of services. Over time, a number of methodologies for undertaking health facility assessments of service delivery have been developed and field-tested, but none focus specifically on measurement of the integration of services. This handbook presents a methodology that seeks to address this gap. It has been developed from experience gained by the Population Council in undertaking assessments of various combinations of integrated services in many developing countries, mostly undertaken through the FRONTIERS program.
Rivero-Fuentes, M. Estela, Saumya RamaRao, Ricardo Estrada, Charlotte E. Warren, Saiqa Mullick, Ian Askew, Harriet Birungi, John Townsend, and Susana Medina. 2008. "Assessing Integration Methodology (AIM): A Handbook for Measuring and Assessing the Integration of Family Planning and Other Reproductive Health Services." Washington, DC: Population Council.
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