Project “Strengthening national system of services provision in family planning”

IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD: 01 February 2015 – 31 August 2017

DONOR: UNFPA Moldova

IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS:

PROJECT CONTEX: Family planning is one of the divisions of National Reproductive Health Strategy for 2005-2015, approved by the Moldovan Government in 2005. The objectives of this strategy are: to ensure optimal conditions for reproduction function of couples and individuals; reducing the role of abortion as a method of birth control by providing modern contraceptive options; increase knowledge of the population; increasing accessibility of population to qualified family planning and reproductive health services. To facilitate achieving these objectives, at the initiative of the Moldovan Ministry of Health is planned the implementation of a number of activities within the project implemented by the Reproductive Health Training Center (RHTC).

PROJECT GOAL: Identify bottlenecks and facilitating factors in the provision of family planning in Republic of Moldova and identify the gaps and disconnections between the process and methodology currently used for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) guideline development and the process recommended by Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists from UK.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify the bottlenecks and facilitating factors in the provision of family planning in primary health care;
  • Identify how the Family Planning subject is reflected in existing pre- and post-graduate University curricula, and determine how VIC (http://www.vic.eeirh.org/online/start.html) can be adapted for incorporation into the curricula);
  • Development of the regulation on estimation, procurement, distribution, monitoring and evaluation of contraceptives for socially vulnerable groups of population;
  • Strengthening  the capacity of family doctors providing the family planning services;
  • Identify the gaps in SRH guideline development in the Republic of Moldova and disconnections between this process and the process recommended by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology from UK;

Development of national follow-up action plan for SRH guideline development in accordance with the process recommended by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology from UK, including the identification of the existing SRH national guideline developers.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES:

  • Situation analysis to identify bottlenecks and facilitating factors in the provision of family planning (survey of health professionals and beneficiaries);
  • Situation analysis of existing pre- and post-graduate University curricula to identify how the FP subject is reflected, and determine how VIC (http://www.vic.eeirh.org/online/start.html) can be adapted for incorporation into the curricula;
  • Development of the regulation on estimation, procurement, distribution, monitoring and evaluation of contraceptives for socially vulnerable groups of population;
  • Organization of advanced training on Family Planning for the national experts’ team on FP;
  • Strengthening  the capacity of family doctors providing the family planning services by elaborating and disseminating the Informative Bulletins on contraception; developing the ”Family Planning” chapter on RHTC website and uploading the links to World Health Organization (WHO) publications and Moldavian Ministry of Health related documents; distribution of WHO guidelines on family planning;
  • Situation analysis of the SRH guideline development in the Republic of Moldova;
  • Organization of national conference on SRH clinical guidelines;
  • Advocacy for evidence based guidelines development in RM.

IMPACT of the PROJECT:

  • RHTC organized and conducted 10 trainings  for family doctors in family planning: recommendations, WHO clinical guidelines and protocols
  • 300 family doctors have been trained within 10 trainings for family doctors in family planning
  • There were distributed more than 800 WHO Handbooks to family doctors from  Moldova
  • 22 newsletters have been prepared based on “Family Planning. A Global Handbook for Providers” (WHO)  and distributed to all health centers in Moldova
  • RHTC launched a new page “Family planning” of the site http://www.sanatateafemeii.md/