Between 2002 and 2005, the Pilots to Regional Programs (PRP) initiative was implemented in eight rural and periurban districts of Zambia’s Copperbelt region. Implemented by the Zambian Ministry of Health/Central Board of Health in collaboration with the Copperbelt Provincial Health Office and with technical assistance from the Population Council, the PRP initiative had two objectives: to expand contraceptive choice and increase the availability of high-quality reproductive health services, and to field-test a model for scaling up reproductive health interventions. The resulting project was structured around three activities: (1) expanding the method mix, (2) training healthcare workers, and (3) linking the community with the health sector. The initiative realized success in all three areas and demonstrated the usefulness of the conceptual model employed in the design of the project. As a result, the Ministry of Health has recognized this initiative as a “best practice,” and is currently exploring options for scaling up nationally.
Keesbury, Jill. 2007. "From pilots to regional programs: Expanding contraceptive choice and improving quality of care in Zambia's Copperbelt," FRONTIERS Final Report. Nairobi: Population Council.
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