CALL TO ACTION
The rationale for integrating family planning/reproductive health and HIV services is irrefutable, yet policy and programmatic barriers persist. Separate funding channels for family planning/ reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, failure to implement existing policies and strategies, and routine shortages and stock-outs of contraceptives are a few of the obstacles to meaningful integration on the ground.
• Provide robust and flexible funding for both family planning, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS programs
• Align assistance with national policies and strategies to expand access to family planning, reproductive health and HIV services
• Ensure HIV/AIDS and family planning/ reproductive health policymaking bodies are linked in program, funding and strategy decisions
• Foster high-quality services and increase health workforce capacity to deliver integrated services through in-service training and supportive supervision
• Secure continuous supply of reproductive health and HIV commodities, including a full range of contraceptive methods within prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs
• Hold governments accountable for implementing policy, and allocating and spending funding necessary for family planning/reproductive health and HIV integration
• Facilitate the engagement of women and youth living with and at risk of HIV in policy decisions and implementation
• Tell your elected officials that you care about HIV/AIDS, family planning, and reproductive health, and ask them to support the funding and policy needed to deliver these services together
• Support organizations working to ensure that funding, policies and programs support the reproductive health and HIV needs of the individuals featured in this book—and the countless others like them around the world. To learn more about integration, visit http://tip.populationaction.org.