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Options joins IPPF to deliver USAID-funded ExpandPF Activity

ExpandPF will scale up evidence-based family planning practices to improve access to and use of voluntary family planning services across 4 countries.

6 December 2023

Options is pleased to share that we will be partnering with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and others to deliver the USAID-funded Expand Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health (ExpandPF) Activity.

ExpandPF will scale up evidence-based High Impact Practices (HIPS) in family planning, including postpartum family planning and engaging community health workers, to improve access to and use of voluntary family planning services in poor and underserved urban and peri-urban populations. ExpandPF envisions a local-partner forward strategy and close engagement with young people for implementation in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, and Togo.

Options’ work will focus on developing systems and tools to support country level adoption and scale up of HIPS in urban and peri-urban centres across the four countries. Working with government, civil society and other local partners, we will develop and roll out a roadmap for adaptation, replication and scale-up of HIPs and a strategy for embedding practices into existing policies, plans and budgets to ensure interventions are sustained.

“Options is delighted to be part of this consortium, led by IPPF, who we’ve also worked closely with on the UK aid-funded WISH programme,” says James Harcourt, Options’ Managing Director. “This programme will enable us to expand our work across West and Central Africa and support these four countries to accelerate progress to reach their Family Planning 2030 commitments and Ouagadougou Partnership targets, focusing on youth and women in underserved urban and peri-urban areas. Along with all consortium partners, we will be promoting the principles of localisation and gender inclusion across all our work.”

“Our strength lies in building the capacity of government, civil society and local partners to ensure that the work we do has a lasting impact, and I’m thrilled that we have this opportunity to build on our 20+ years of experience in the region,” says Dr. Ufuoma Festus Omo-Obi, Options’ Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

ExpandPF will be delivered by a consortium led by IPPF with Options, Educational Technology and Research International (EtriLabs), and Evidence for Sustainable Human Development Systems in Africa (EVIHDAF).

USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide. The Agency is committed to helping countries meet the family planning and reproductive health needs of their people through voluntarism and informed choice.

Focus areas
Reproductive health and Family Planning