Topic » Reproductive Health Supplies

Around the world, more than 222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Often, these women must travel far from their communities to reach a health facility, only to return home empty-handed due to stock-outs. When women seeking family planning services are turned away, they are unable to protect themselves from unintended pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.

Despite an increased demand for reproductive health supplies, donor support is fading, and many national governments have not prioritized ensuring access. Limited human resources, weak transportation and outdated inventory systems all lead to major delays in delivery to local facilities, sometimes causing supplies to sit in storage while clinics experience severe shortages.

PAI has been a leader on the issue of reproductive health supplies advocacy, co-sponsoring a 2001 meeting in Istanbul that brought together government representatives from donor and developing countries to seek solutions to the supply crisis. PAI continues to work to increase financial and political support for reproductive health supplies and coordinate national, regional, and global advocacy.



No Contraception for You: Stockouts in Tanzania

December 13, 2007

Thirty minutes outside Arusha on the way to Nairobi and then 3km along a dirt road is the Selian Lutheran Hospital. One of 20 Lutheran hospitals across the country, the Selian facility serves the primarily Maasai population in the surrounding … Continue reading »


Taking Reproductive Health Services Directly to Those in Need: The Kitebi Teenage Centre

December 7, 2007

Our next stop after the Naguru was another innovative teen center in Kampala: the Kitebi Teenage Centre.  The Kitebi Teenage Centre sits at the end of a bumpy, winding dirt road, a bit more difficult to get to than Naguru.  … Continue reading »


A Visit to Kampala’s Naguru Teenage Centre

December 6, 2007

Now that the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network (EARHN) meeting is closed and the group is armed with a draft strategic plan, the PAI team here in Kampala has finally had the opportunity to explore the city. Carolyn Vogel, PAI VP of Programs, and I had a full day of meetings today to help us gain an understanding of the realities facing men, women and youth in Uganda who need of reproductive health and family planning supplies and services.
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After Three Days in Kampala, a Strategic Plan is Born

December 5, 2007

It’s the end of our third and final day at the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network’s (EARHN) Annual Coordination Meeting and I’m proud to report that the delegates have come to a general consensus on a draft strategic plan.  There … Continue reading »


Strategic Planning In Kampala

December 5, 2007

I’m excited to be reporting back from Kampala, Uganda, where a team from PAI is participating in the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network’s (EARHN) Annual Coordination meeting. This unique network consists of six member states (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda … Continue reading »


Video Blog from Ethiopia

December 1, 2007

On a trip to Ethiopia, Amy Coen, President/CEO of Population Action International, had the opportunity to meet Dr. Bogaletch Gebra – affectionately called “Boge” — who is spearheading a national campaign to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). … Continue reading »


Let’s Talk About Sex

November 30, 2007

Tomorrow, on World AIDS Day, let’s talk about sex.  80% of new HIV infections are sexually transmitted; let’s stop pretending that sex isn’t happening and start making it safer. This World AIDS Day—and every day after—we need to talk openly … Continue reading »


A Remedy for PEPFAR’s Flaws: Comprehensive HIV Prevention

November 13, 2007

Question: What do you do with a $100 million U.S. government program that isn’t working?  The answer; you fix it.  Abstinence and be-faithful programs for youth in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are not meeting the needs … Continue reading »


Keeping Reproductive Health Supplies on an Expanding Agenda

October 30, 2007

  Last week, experts from around the globe traveled to Washington to discuss an issue critical to the health of millions around the world—access to reproductive health supplies, notably contraceptives and condoms.  At the invitation of USAID, the Reproductive Health … Continue reading »


A Measure of Survival: Where are Women at Highest Reproductive Risk?

October 22, 2007

  Over half a million women worldwide die every year in pregnancy or childbirth—largely from preventable causes.  In the developing world, pregnancy remains the leading killer of women in their reproductive years.  And for young girls between the age of … Continue reading »