Today is: Wed, May 22, 2013
Ensuring Access to Affordable Contraceptives
USAID helps provide Filipino women access to affordable contraceptives.
For the past 36 years, many low-income Filipino women relied on contraceptive supplies provided for free from government facilities in order to delay or space their pregnancies. When the donations of free contraceptives from USAID were phased out, there was concern that the family planning needs of many Filipinos would no longer be met. There was fear that the already low contraceptive prevalence rate of 49.3 percent would further decline.
Through a simple market analysis, USAID helped three pharmaceutical companies realize the opportunity created by the supply gap from the phase out. The three companies invested in market entry, intensive promotion, sale and distribution of three low-priced oral contraceptives and an injectable.
Sales of the four USAID-supported products increased significantly from 731,000 cycles in 2006 to approximately 2.9 million in 2008. Today, one out of two women obtains her contraceptive supplies from the private sector compared to just one out of three in 2004.
- Success Stories
- New Health Strategy-Best Practices at Scale in the Home, Community and Facilities
- Family Planning (FP) and Maternal & Child Health (MCH)
- Integrated Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition/Family Planning Regional Project in Luzon (LuzonHealth)
- Integrated Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition/Family Planning Regional Project in Visayas (VisayasHealth)
- Integrated Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition/Family Planning Regional Project in Mindanao (MindanaoHealth)
- Communication for Health Advancement Through Networking and Governance Enhancement (CHANGE)
- Health Policy Development Program-Phase 2 (HPDP2)
- Private Sector Mobilization for Family Planning-Phase 2 (PRISM2)
- Community Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition Scale Up (CMSU)
- Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) Philippines
- Building Actors and Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development (BALANCED) Project
- Tuberculosis (TB)