Financing is a major challenge and concern for the future of the delivery of voluntary family planning (FP) services to clients, particularly in low- and middle-income countries with high unmet need and limited method choice. As countries commit to universal health coverage (UHC), it is crucial that UHC schemes include FP and other reproductive health (RH) services. Strategic purchasing of quality FP services from public and private—including for profit and not-for-profit—health-care providers could accelerate progress toward UHC. It is increasingly recognized that the FP2020 goals will not be met without adequate attention to quality, and that a sustained focus on quality of care requires financing at the policy and program levels. While the importance of sustainable financing may be recognized, the “how” of financing for quality FP within the context of UHC is not well understood. This brief targets the “bridge” constituency that is coalescing between the health financing and FP communities of practice around a shared interest in making access to health services universal.
Appleford, Gabrielle, Saumya RamaRao, Benjamin Bellows, and Leah Jarvis. 2019. "Positioning family planning quality within health financing for UHC: Connecting the discourse." New York: Population Council.
Scaling Up and Financing Improved Delivery and Monitoring of Quality of Care