This Advance Africa project, funded by USAID, has now closed. The project ended on 30th September 2005 and is no longer hiring any employees. Neither the closed Advance Africa project nor Management Sciences for Health has any connection to the site www.advance-africa.com.
Repositioning Family Planning Programs in Africa
World attention to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and
to high maternal and child mortality rates have moved donor focus
away from family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs.
As a result, funding for family planning programs has stagnated.
Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, poor reproductive health practices,
especially inadequate birth spacing, contribute as much or more
to maternal and child mortality as HIV/AIDS does. Additionally,
the contribution of good FP/RH practices to reducing the spread
of HIV/AIDS receives little recognition.