Innovations in Reproductive Health and Family Planning (IRHFP)

Project duration: July 2012 to July, 2014

Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Role of AGPAHI: Prime Award recipient

Project Status: Closed out 

Description: As prime recipient, AGPAHI was awarded this cooperative agreement to implement Innovations in Reproductive Health and Family Planning (IRHFP) with the goal of improving access and effective utilization of integrated family planning (FP) services. This project had two major components: (1) Family planning implemented in four districts (Bukombe, Kishapu, Meatu, and Shinyanga) and (2) Establishments and support of a skills lab for midwifery nursing students implemented in collaboration with Kolandoto College of Health Sciences in association with five hospitals (Kahama, Maswa, Misungwi, Nzega district hospitals and Shinyanga Regional hospital) where students were attached for practical midwifery rotations. 

The project supported communities in Shinyanga in meeting their sexual and reproductive needs by integrating family planning (FP) into existing health services such as Reproductive and Child Health clinics (RCH), Care and Treatment Clinics (CTCs) and using Community Based Distributors (CBDs). In the capacity building of midwifery students, a practical laboratory was equipped with the necessary training models and materials. 

Achievement: The project achieved a dramatic increase of total clients accessing FP in the 16 project supported facilities--from a baseline of 9,219 at project start to 54,805 clients counselled and opting for short- and long-term FP use by 2012. Midwifery students also improved their performance as reflected by improvements in practical exam scores--with 82% of students getting grades B and above as compared to 40% at the beginning of the project.