New ways to improve access to family planning

More than 214 million women worldwide have an unmet need for family planning. This World Population Day, SHOPS Plus shares three innovative ways it is engaging the private sector to improve access to family planning products, services, and information.

Securing financing for drug retailers - vital providers of family planning methods

Female pharmacist behind the counter
Photo: KC Nwakalor

Pharmacies and drug shops fill a vital role providing family planning methods, particularly for those living in hard-to-reach areas. Yet many outlets struggle with financing to maintain stocks. A new SHOPS Plus brief examines innovative opportunities to expand access to finance for pharmacies and drug shops throughout the supply chain, including a promising case study from Nigeria, which leveraged USAID resources to spur continued bank lending. Read the full story here.


Afghan government endorses SHOPS Plus family planning strategy

Photo of mosque in Afghanistan
Photo: Masoud Akbari

In Afghanistan, the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs recently endorsed a social and behavior change communication activity promoting family planning and maternal health through mosques. ASMO, a leading social marketing organization, implements the activity with support from SHOPS Plus. The activity aims to increase male engagement and address normative barriers. Based on the positive feedback received from numerous imams, the ministry agreed to expand the intervention to 200 additional mosques. Find details of this innovative initiative here.


Artificial intelligence answers questions and dispels myths in India

Photo of man using smart-phone.
Photo: Jessica Scranton

The SHOPS Plus team in India created a chatbot, called HelloJubi, to increase access to information on contraceptives among the urban poor as part of a larger multimedia campaign in India. Available in Hindi or English, the artificial intelligence feature can be adapted to any web platform or smartphone app, which will help sustain the chatbot beyond the life of SHOPS Plus. More than 15,000 people have used the chatbot since its launch in February 2020. Learn more here

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