Strengthening family planning service provision
Ensuring the sustainability of improved family planning service delivery beyond the life of the project has been a guiding principle of the project’s design and implementation. SHOPS Plus collaborates closely with the state ministries of health and uses their systems to ensure that human and financial resources are available to the program. Government family planning program counterparts at the federal, state, and local levels participate in planning, implementation, and evaluation to engender their ownership of the program. SHOPS Plus, together with other implementing partners, supported the review of the national family planning training manuals, and training and supervision tools to accommodate emerging issues in line with global standards. The program is contributing lessons learned from its incorporation of material addressing gender and bias as well as innovative approaches to supporting provider behavior change. The project is also working to ensure government planning and budgeting units are engaged so that the state allocates more resources to family planning programming.