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Increasing Private Sector Provision of Health Services in the Philippines

The Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health project worked with the Philippines government and the private sector to improve family planning and maternal and child health services.
The Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health Project – Phase 2 (PRISM2) strengthened the private sector's role in providing reproductive health and family planning information, products and services. The project increased private sector delivery of high-quality family planning and maternal and child health care, and integrated private entities into service delivery networks to improve access to and use of these services.
The project built on the preceding Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health project, also implemented by Chemonics (2004-2009). During Phase 2, the project worked to expand the family planning and maternal health services provided by private health service providers, particularly to poorer sectors of the population, and enhance the stewardship role of the public sector.
The project improved the reach and quality of private midwife services, and helped private practicing midwives earn accreditation with the Philippines national insurance program (PhilHealth)—improving access to services for low-income women. It established stronger links private providers and public health services, including integration of more than 150 private hospitals and close to 450 private midwives into local service delivery networks.The PRISM2 project ensured more reliable access to contraceptives and other reproductive health supplies through establishment of alternative distribution outlets, and introduced new products to expand women’s family planning options. Additionally, it increased use of family planning services through a behavior change strategy that enabled potential clients to both receive information and access desired products and services in one setting.
These activities all contributed to the Philippines’ nationwide effort to expand access to reproductive health services for their citizens, with the aim of reducing maternal and newborn deaths, and reducing unmet need for family planning.
Technical materials and resources from the project were shared on USAID’s Strengthening Health Outcomes Through the Private Sector (SHOPS) website and through their newsletter. The SHOPS project is USAID's flagship initiative in private sector health.
Project results:
  • Integration of more than 150 private hospitals into local service delivery networks at 36 project sites throughout the Philippines
  • 576 private practice midwives and 403 private birthing homes assisted with accreditation
  • Establishment of more than 1,500 alternative distribution points for contraceptives to improve access to supplies
  • Introduction of four new family planning products and one child health product in the Philippine market
  • Development and implementation of a behavior change strategy (Usapan) that reached more than 25,000 men and women with family planning and maternal health counseling and ensured that more than 10,000 of these people immediately received the product or service they desired
  • Outreach to 11,500 in‐ and out‐of‐school youth with peer education and more than 12,000 workers in the informal sector on reproductive health

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Project duration: 2009-2014


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