Issue 3, January 2021

What's New With the HIPs

Welcome to the third issue of the High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIP) Newsletter!

The purpose of this newsletter is to inform you of new HIP materials, webinars, and other activities on a quarterly basis. Please share widely and sign up for future newsletters using the link below.

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Engage with the HIPs

The HIP Partnership relies on the breadth of expertise and input from our global family planning community to ensure that HIP briefs reflect the most up-to-date programmatic and peer-reviewed evidence. There are now more ways than ever to engage with the HIP Partnership. Visit our new "Engage" section on the website to learn more about applying to be a technical expert, providing feedback on HIP briefs, submitting new concepts, and more. 

Pilot test the new "Community Feedback" feature

Interested in providing feedback on HIP briefs? Are you aware of new peer-reviewed or programmatic evidence that could strengthen existing HIP briefs? Help us pilot test a new feature for collecting ongoing community feedback on the Postabortion Family Planning and Vouchers briefs.

New HIP Briefs

The HIP partnership is pleased to feature one new and two recently-translated briefs:
NEW: Digital Health for FP ProvidersDigital health tools can help family planning providers deliver a higher quality of care through job aids, communication tools, training, and data. This new HIP Enhancement uses the WHO definition of digital health from the draft Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2024: “the field of knowledge and practice associated with the development and use of digital technologies to improve health.” Of the six building blocks of health systems identified by the WHO, this brief focuses on the first, service delivery, specifically on the ways that digital health can support service providers to deliver quality contraceptive services. Available soon in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Supply Chain Management and Vouchers, originally published in English in June 2020, are now available in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. 

Recent HIP Webinars

The HIP Partnership is pleased to share the recordings for three recent webinars, including one conducted in Spanish. Thank you to all of the partners who shared their time and expertise to produce these webinars!

Supply Chain Management: Investing in the supply chain is critical to achieving family planning goals: (November 2020 - recording/slides). Key interventions and implementation tips to strengthen supply chain management include  increasing data visibility and use, accelerating product flow, professionalizing the workforce, and capitalizing the private sector capacity. A case study on Ghana followed. Presenters included HIP brief authors from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Global Visibility and Analytics Network (Global VAN), the Center for Global Development, and the Ghana Health Service. Please also see the Recap of Supply Chain Management Webinar by the Knowledge SUCCESS project.

Supply Chain Management: Investing in the supply chain is critical to achieving family planning goals / Gestión de la Cadena de Suministros: Practica de Alto Impacto en Planificación Familiar (November 2020 – recording/slides). This Spanish-language webinar was designed with El Foro Latinoamerico y del Caribe (ForoLAC) and the UNFPA Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO) to highlight HIP implementation activities in the region in response to the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by the IBP Network, ForoLAC shared supply chain management implementation examples, such as stocks modeling, and UNFPA LACRO shared an analysis on the role of supply chain management in facilitating access to contraceptives in the region. 

WHO/HIP Matrix Tool (December 2020 - recording/slides/tool) Launched by the IBP Network, this tool links the WHO Guidelines on Family Planning with the HIPs. It is intended to be a quick reference for program managers designing or implementing family planning programs by illustrating how to incorporate WHO evidence-based guidelines. It can also support advocacy efforts for HIPs by linking them with WHO Guidelines. Development of the tool was a collaborative process based on expressed needs from regional and country-based partners working on family planning programming. The tool was pre-tested and further adjusted based on feedback from partners at IBP Regional Workshops in India (2018) and in Istanbul (2019). 

Join the HIPs at ICFP's "Not Without FP" Forum

The HIPs will be featured in multiple sessions during February's "Not Without FP" Forum, hosted by the International Conference on Family Planning. See below for more information on these sessions:
Scientific Panel: Overcoming FP delivery challenges during COVID-19: What’s Working in Countries? February 2, 2021, 09:40-11:00 ET 
Join panelists from Oman, Pakistan, Senegal, and Uganda to hear concrete examples of how governments, civil society, and private sector organizations are responding to these challenges of COVID-19, employing evidence-based family planning practices and policies, and advancing innovations to ensure that current and family planning users continue to have access to a wide range of voluntary contraceptive methods and quality information and services. 

Community Session: Program Implementation, February 2, 2021, 11:10-12:30 ET
Join virtual roundtable discussions in English and French about the application of the HIPS across the Development-Humanitarian Continuum. Global participants will share adaptations and challenges faced due to COVID-19 and recommendations for scaling-up HIP implementation in a variety of contexts. Each roundtable will kick off with short examples from countries before diving into discussions focused on specific HIPs. Vote for the High Impact Practices you'd like to see featured by January 15!

The Power of Partnerships: 20 Years Implementing what works in Family Planning, February 3, 2021, 9:40 - 11:00 ET
Hosted by the IBP Network, this session will share the experiences of building a sustainable and resilient partnership that brings together diverse global voices in a neutral platform. Panelists from WHO, UNFPA, and USAID will highlight the approaches to building and sustaining the IBP Network, which supports access, implementation, and sharing of evidence-based guidelines and programmatic interventions in SRH through inspiring collaboration and knowledge sharing. The panel will be followed by a brief presentation on the future directions of the IBP Network, including its new strategic plan and community engagement platform. The session will also include updates from our global partners on their upcoming work in 2021, including an update on the new directions, products, and work of the HIPs Partnership. 

HIPs Featured by Knowledge SUCCESS 

The blog published by Knowledge SUCCESS, Is it Possible to Create a “Perfect” Family Planning Program?, examines what constitutes a “perfect” family planning program and what it would take to make it reality. The origin of the High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) is in part the identification of the 10 Elements of Family Planning Success, based on input of over 500 family planning professionals from almost 100 countries nearly 10 years ago. Prior, there was little consensus on what constituted an effective family planning program. The HIPs began with 12 evidence-based voluntary family planning practices created by a group of experts. Their task was to identify a short list of specific family planning interventions that, if implemented at scale, would help countries address the unmet need for family planning and thereby increase national contraceptive prevalence rate. HIPs have  now evolved to a set of evidence-based voluntary family planning practices covering social and behavior change, service delivery, and enabling environments.

Read the blog to find out what respondents think are the vital components for a “perfect” family planning program.

December TAG Update

The HIPs Technical Advisory Group (TAG) held its semi-annual meeting from December 9-11, 2020, hosted by Family Planning 2020. During the virtual meeting, the TAG accomplished its goals of reviewing draft HIP materials, making recommendations about the strength and consistency of the evidence and adherence to HIP criteria, and continuing to refine HIP processes and identify priority activities.
Highlights from the TAG agenda include:
  • Updates on progress from the June 2020 TAG meeting
  • Review and recommendations to forthcoming HIP briefs:
    • FP & Immunization Integration
    • Social Marketing
    • Drug Shops & Pharmacies
  • Production & Dissemination (P&D) Team updates
  • Enabling Environment Briefs update
The full meeting report will be available soon on the HIP website. For more information about the TAG experts, roles, and responsibilities, click here.

Wondering who else is involved with the HIP Partnership? Read more about our 32 partners here!
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