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In Kenya, around 5,000 maternal deaths, nearly 29,000 newborn deaths and over 31,000 stillbirths occur each year because of the poor quality of health care. This brief demonstrates how Options’ Maternal and Newborn Improvement for Quality of Care (MANI-QC) project built the capacity of four Kenyan counties (Kericho, Nandi, Kwale and Mombasa) and service providers to better identify gaps in the quality of emergency obstetric and newborn care and to develop plans to address them through an app-based QuIC approach.
Publications 2021
Options' story on 'Removing taxes for contraceptives in Madagascar: strategic advocacy leads to increased budget for family planning' won the International Budget Partnership (IBP) Network's hosted implementation stories contest.
News 2021
This learning product describes how Ghana Somubi Dwumadie worked with the Ghana's Mental Health Authority (MHA) and other stakeholders in developing an investment case for mental health as well as the key learnings that may be useful to others developing similar investment cases.
Publications 2021
Investing more in mental health will have a transformative effect for Ghana, boosting economic growth and improving the health and wellbeing of its citizens
Publications 2021
Women and girls make their communities thrive when they have access to good quality health services. The E4A-MamaYe project has been working to improve maternal and newborn survival in sub-Saharan Africa since 2012. We have learned that building local partnerships that connect health advocates with the media, government and health professionals gives them the power to hold decision makers to account for improving women’s and children’s health.
Publications 2021
Nepal has some of the most rugged and difficult mountain terrains in the world, making the delivery of life saving medicines and vaccines a challenge. Options is currently looking for partnerships and funding to launch a last mile drone delivery system.
News 2021
The 21st century has seen a renewed commitment by African countries to deliver Universal Health Coverage. Options has contributed to the Africa Health Agenda International Conference's (AHAIC) recently published report on the state of UHC in Africa.
News 2021
We have been working with governments in seven countries across Asia and Africa to ensure they prioritise access to sexual and reproductive and family planning services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the brief to find out more.
News 2021
Women make up the majority of the global health workforce and are therefore disproportionally affected by the pandemic. On this International Women’s Day, we call for a prioritisation of health workers in the vaccine rollout.
News 2021
The DESIP team has worked with the County Departments of Health across 19 counties in Kenya to develop family planning fact sheets which present the latest evidence on reproductive health indicators, family planning uptake and financing gap within each county. The aim of the fact sheets, which will be updated annually, is to present a concise snapshot of the current family planning situation in the county and the benefits that the county government can reap by increasing their investment. Below are examples of the fact sheets developed for the five learning lab counties.
Publications 2021

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