PPIUCD Services: Start-up to Scale-up Regional Meeting in Zambia, April 9-12

5 April 2013

MCHIP and Population Services International’s (PSI) Support for International Family Planning Organization (SIFPO) program, with funding support from USAID, will convene a regional meeting to bring international and regional experts to advance integration of postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (PPIUCD) into maternal health services.

Representatives from 10 countries will engage in south-to-south learning, sharing successes and challenges based on their country experiences. Focused discussions on program learning areas such as advocacy, community engagement and service delivery strategies will provide tools for developing country-action plans. Participants will have the opportunity to observe PPIUCD services being delivered at busy maternities in Lusaka.

Postpartum family planning (PPFP) services are an ideal platform to reposition family planning.1 The vast majority of women want to avoid another pregnancy for at least two years after delivery . PPIUCDs can reduce the proportion of unintended pregnancies/births and abortions because it is one of the most effective family planning methods. MCHIP and PSI have initiated PPIUCD services through integration of maternity services. Collectively, they have successfully introduced PPIUCDs to more than 65,000 postpartum women around the world.

While there are countries with a range of experiences, PPIUCD still represent a small proportion of long-acting reversible contraceptive service delivery, and there is still more to do to make this option available to every woman who delivers in a facility. A regional workshop in Africa will allow countries with a solid base of programming to learn from each other and gain insights, as they also assist countries with less experience to advance.

Participants will gain insight and learn to accelerate their integration of PPFP/PPIUCD into maternal health services through south-to-south exchanges.
  • Provide a forum for participants to observe PPIUCD services in one country, and share successes and discuss challenges to implementing quality PPIUCD programs from initiation to scale up.
  • Discuss the role of advocacy, community engagement and service delivery strategies within PPIUCD programs, grounded in the use of evidence and guided by the use of program data.
  • Draft country-team action plans for “PPIUCD Services: Start-Up to Scale-Up.”

Profile of Participants
  • Policy makers and champions (Ministry of Health, professors of OB/GYN & Midwifery, and their professional organizations)
  • Maternal Health Providers (directors of maternities, staff who do deliveries)
  • Program Managers working in Maternal Health (including staff from other NGOs)
  • Global Agencies (USAID, UNFPA)

Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Note: all participants must be able to understand and converse in English.)

To see an illustrative agenda, click here.

1 Ross, JA and Winfrey WL. 2001. Contraceptive use, intention to use and unmet needs during the extended postpartum period. International Family Planning Perspectives. 27:20–27.