SHOPS Plus support
To strengthen the quality of pre-service education and ultimately the quality of care at private health facilities, SHOPS Plus worked with various stakeholders to design a practicum model that allowed PMTI students to rotate to learning sites at various health facilities and hospitals—including private ones—with sufficient volumes to provide all students with clinical experience in family planning, integrated HIV care, antenatal care, and primary health care.
In 2006, Tanzania enacted a National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS, which mandates that all workplaces implement HIV/AIDS programs. Despite the enactment of this policy nearly 15 years ago, working men are twice as likely to be HIV positive (4.2 percent) compared to unemployed men (1.9 percent, TACAIDS, et al., 2013). Men in Tanzania are also less likely to know their HIV status and be virally suppressed compared to women.
A recent SHOPS Plus literature review of private sector approaches to manage childhood illness found critical evidence gaps. Though both the public and private sectors are key sources for sick child care in low- and middle-income countries, there is an urgent need to better understand how to harness and improve the private health sector’s role in improving child health and survival.
The family planning market in Tanzania is characterized by a high level of government and donor interventions. Recent assessments have highlighted the degree to which condom programs, in particular, rely on commodities donated by international actors. This increasing reliance on subsidies places the condom market’s sustainability in jeopardy and could threaten supply if donors make sudden programmatic changes.
SHOPS Plus supported local partners in five countries in their use of social behavior change communications campaigns that leveraged mass media, digital health, and interpersonal communication that resulted in over 33 million consumers reached with important health messages.
Couple years of protection is the estimated protection provided by contraceptive methods. During the period of October 2018 to September 2020 based on the volume of all contraceptives sold or distributed free of charge to clients, SHOPS Plus provided 2,526,824 couple years of protection. 466,601 couple years of protection came from 2019 to 2020.