Global Studies

SHOPS Plus global research makes important contributions to the global evidence on private sector health in the areas of family planning, HIV, and child health across multiple countries. The research seeks to answer key questions such as where sick children are taken for care and where women acquire family planning methods. SHOPS Plus also conducts modeling analysis to explore the potential role of the private health sector in increasing access to modern contraceptive methods.

Sources for Sick Child Care

Understanding if and where sick children are taken for care is critical to improve case management interventions. SHOPS Plus analyzed Demographic and Health Survey data from 24 of the 25 USAID maternal and child survival priority countries to examine where treatment or advice is sought for sick children who experienced at least one of three treatable illnesses: fever, acute respiratory infection, or diarrhea. 

Read the global and country briefs and find other resources here.

Use the interactive Private Sector Counts web tool to explore whether and where caregivers obtain sick child care in 24 USAID priority countries.

Learn more by watching the four-part webinar series on global and country findings.

Learn about SHOPS Plus’s work to set global research priorities for private sector child health through an interactive CHNRI exercise.

Sources for Family Planning

Understanding where women obtain family planning and how sources vary by women’s sociodemographic characteristics is essential to enhance contraceptive access and choice and ensure an equitable and sustainable future. SHOPS Plus conducted an analysis of 36 low- and middle-income countries using a recent Demographic and Health Survey to illuminate the important contributions of both the public and private sectors. It provides programmers, policy makers, implementers, and donors with the data needed to design country programs using a total market approach.

Read the country briefs and find other resources here.

Use the interactive Private Sector Counts web tool to explore where women access their modern contraceptive methods. The tool uses Demographic and Health Survey data in 37 low- and middle-income countries to show comparisons over time and across multiple countries.

Use the Family Planning Market Analyzer to explore potential scenarios for a total market approach. This tool combines data from Demographic and Health Surveys and Family Planning 2020’s projections of modern contraceptive prevalence to project future scenarios for individual countries.

On October 24, 2019, SHOPS Plus hosted a webinar to show how these two complementary tools help family planning program implementers. The webinar featured a demonstration of both tools as well as exploration of how the tools could be used together in a particular country context, such as Tanzania. Watch the recording in English and French. 

Learn more about SHOPS Plus research on Sources for Modern Contraception: Understanding the Roles of the Public and Private Sectors.

Modeling Briefs: Reaching Family Planning 2020 goals

SHOPS Plus modeled scenarios of potential growth in modern contraceptive use using data from Family Planning 2020’s Core Indicator Estimates and Demographic and Health Surveys.

Learn more about our research and evaluation work.



Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement (AID-OAA-A-15-00067) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. government information and does not represent the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. government.

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