Family Planning in the Context of Latin America’s Universal Health Coverage Agenda

by Thomas Fagana, Arin Dutta, James Rosen et al.
Glob Health Sci Pract, August 1, 2017

17 pp. 1.2 MB
http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/early/2017/07/31/GHSP-D-17-00057.full.pdf+html

Latin American countries have expanded family planning along with universal health coverage (UHC). Leveraging UHC-oriented schemes to increase family planning program coverage, equity, and financing requires:

  • Targeting poor and indigenous populations
  • Including family planning services in all benefits packages
  • Ensuring sufficient supply of commodities and human resources to avoid stock-outs and implicit rationing
  • Reducing nonfinancial barriers to access

Through these steps, countries can increase financial protection for family planning and better ensure the right to health of poor and marginalized populations.

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