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Speaking the same language: Harmonizing how we measure stockouts and availability of contraceptives

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.

Suzy Sacher, MPH, John Snow, Inc., Arlington, VA
Safia Ahsan, MBA, John Snow, Inc., Arlington, VA
Ellen Tompsett, MBA, PATH, Washington, DC
Dana G. Aronovich, MHS, John Snow, Inc., Arlington, MD
This presentation will highlight the advantages and challenges of harmonizing indicators, based on the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition’s experience getting the family planning community to “speak the same language” about stockouts and availability of contraceptives.

The purpose of this work is to ensure reliable data on stockouts that can be used more effectively for programmatic and advocacy purposes.

First, we conducted a landscape analysis of existing indicators – through surveys, interviews, and a document review. We found many differences both in the indicators that organizations use and in their definitions.

Based on the findings, we developed a draft list of indicators. To determine their utility and feasibility, we tested these indicators in Bangladesh using data from an electronic logistics management information system and in Zambia through facility visits.

Based on the field test findings, we streamlined the indicator list and developed indicator definitions. The harmonized indicator suite now includes twelve indicators in four categories: family planning methods offered, range of methods available, point-in-time stockouts, and frequency and duration of stockouts over time. One of these indicators is highlighted as the universal indicator for all organizations to collect.

Two of the indicators have been adopted by FP2020; 69 countries will be asked to report on these indicators. The Coalition’s Take Stock campaign will further promote the use of the harmonized indicators.

We hope that greater clarity in the language of stockouts will help draw attention to and understanding of the issue, and ultimately help increase people’s access to family planning products.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe various, harmonized indicators for determining the availability of family planning products in health facilities.

Keyword(s): Accessibility, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work on monitoring and evaluation for supply chains, including for family planning, and have for 7 years. I was involved in determining, field testing, and finalizing the indicators in the 'Harmonized Suite of Indicators to Measure Stockouts and Availability of Contraceptives' guide.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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