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Evidence-based Advocacy to Mobilize Financial Resources for FP/RH in Jordan: An Application on National Family Planning Accounts

Suneeta Sharma, PhD, MHA1, Margaret Rowan, MPH, CPA1, Carol Shepherd, ScD, MS1, and Basma Ishaqat2. (1) Futures Group International, Constella Group, 1 Thomas Circle, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005, 2027759680, ssharma@futuresgroup.com, (2) POLICY/Jordan, Futures Group International, Constella Group, PO Box: 143090 Hay Alrawnaq, Amman, 11844, Jordan

In May 2002, Jordan initiated an evidence-based multi-sectoral planning process to move toward contraceptive security in the anticipation of donor phase-out and an alarmingly high population growth rate. The country intends to achieve an adequate level of funding to make contraceptives available to all those who need and want them. The development of a CS strategy has involved several interwoven processes: awareness raising among a broad range of stakeholders; building partnerships and support; forming multi-sectoral planning groups; conducting policy analyses and mobilizing information for decision making. Jordan has been very successful in mobilizing required funding and support for achieving contraceptive security. A number of factors contributed to this success: the involvement of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) from the very beginning of the strategic planning process; conducting a family planning accounts analysis; building the capacity of a multi-sectoral group in costing and budgeting; assessing financial feasibility and selecting high impact and low cost activities; identifying potential sources of funding; and developing financial monitoring indicators. Using a National Health Accounts approach is useful in obtaining the necessary information on which a country can plan for future funding. In June, 2005, the Government of Jordan assumed fiscal and administrative responsibility for a 2004-2008 phase-out plan for the provision of contraceptives to clients served by the public sector and selected NGOs. The findings of FP Accounts study played an important role in this decision making. We will share our experience of how FP accounts information was used to inform the strategy and resources.

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Keywords: Family Planning, Planning

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The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA