Issue 4, April 2021

What's New With the HIPs

Welcome to the fourth 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 using the subscription link below.

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Applications of the HIPs during COVID-19

A recently-published journal article, Applications of the High Impact Practices in Family Planning During COVID-19 outlines ways in which specific HIPs may assist family planning program mangers in developing context-specific and evidence-based responses to COVID-19-related impacts on family planning and reproductive health. Read the article in Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters journal and review a snapshot of these applications by visiting the interactive HIP Resources page.

New and Upcoming HIP Briefs

The HIP Partnership is pleased to announce a recently-updated HIP Enhancement:
UPDATED: Adolescent-Responsive Contraceptive ServicesThere is evidence that adolescent-friendly services, when well-designed and well-implemented, can help increase access to and use of contraception. However, traditional models of specialized service delivery for adolescents have proven difficult to sustain and scale.  Establishing adolescent-responsive contraceptive services (ARCS) is emerging as a more scalable and sustainable way to meet adolescents’ needs for contraceptive information and services.  The term adolescent-responsive contraceptive services (ARCS) signals an evolution from traditional stand-alone models of adolescent-friendly services towards a systems approach to making existing contraceptive services adolescent-responsive by incorporating elements with demonstrated effectiveness for increasing adolescent contraceptive use. A systems approach implies that policies, procedures, and programs across the entire health system are adapted to respond to the diverse needs and preferences of adolescents. Available soon in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

  • NEW: Equity and Family Planning Strategic Planning Guide
  • UPDATE: Drug Shops & Pharmacies brief
  • UPDATE: Family Planning & Immunization Integration brief
  • UPDATE: Social Marketing brief

"Community Feedback" wanted!

Are you interested in providing feedback on HIP briefs? Are you aware of new peer-reviewed or programmatic evidence that could strengthen existing HIPs? Members of the global family planning and reproductive health community are now invited to submit technical feedback on an ongoing basis. We are currently seeking community feedback on the following HIP Briefs: 
  • Postabortion Family Planning
  • Family Planning Vouchers
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Immediate Postpartum Family Planning
  • Digital Health for Systems

HIP Partners Meeting Recap

The annual HIP Partners Meeting, held on April 15, 2021, convened over 85 participants from more than 20 countries. Drawing upon the meeting theme, Reflecting on our Strengths as we Expand our Collaboration, HIP Partner organizations shared their experiences developing HIP products, implementing HIPs in global family planning programs, and highlighted opportunities for disseminating HIP materials. Thanks to all of our panelists and meeting attendees for their continued support of the HIP Partnership. Stay tuned for a forthcoming meeting report, available soon on the HIP website.

The HIPs team is also pleased to announce the addition of 32 new organizations to the HIP Partnership! Visit the Partners page to learn more about the 60+ organizations who individually and collectively play a crucial role in providing technical input on HIP materials, disseminating HIP products, and implementing HIPs across the world.

See the HIPs in action at GHTechX

The HIPs will be showcased in two sessions during April's "Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange" (GHTechX), sponsored by USAID and The George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. GHTechX is produced in collaboration with the Global Health: Science and Practice Journal. See below for more information on these sessions, and register here:

Implementing and Adapting the High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) during the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 22, 2021, 8-8:30 EDT 
The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially strained health systems across the globe. As family planning programs grapple with how best to respond to the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic on family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), the implementation and adaptation of evidence-based practices is crucial. Join colleagues from FHI360, PSI, Save the Children, USAID, and FP2030 to hear how the High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) have been implemented and adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists from Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria will highlight their experiences implementing the Community Health Worker, Digital Health, and Mobile Outreach HIPs, featuring their successes and lessons learned.

Advancing Evidence-based Programming through a Collaborative Approach: the Journey of the Family Planning High Impact Practices (HIPs) Partnership.
April 23, 2021, 10:15-11:15 EDT 
Join staff from USAID, WHO/IBP, FP2030, and Pathfinder International to learn how the High Impact Practices address information overload by providing easy-to-use synthesis of the evidence in what works in family planning. The session will include the HIP Partnership’s process to translate evidence into digestible formats, and to maintain and disseminate those syntheses through a collaborative process that engages diverse stakeholders. Finally, participants will hear examples of how these efforts at the global level contribute to better information and programs at the country level.

WHO/IBP Network Implementation Stories Launch

On April 20th, 2021, the WHO/IBP Network hosted the Implementation Stories Global Launch. In an effort to share these experiences widely amongst the FP/RH community, the IBP Network hosted a contest calling for field-based program implementation stories. Participants learned how documenting these stories can help us understand real-life experiences implementing High Impact Practices (HIPs) and WHO guidelines and encourage learning and sharing of experiences related to scaling up evidence-based interventions in FP/RH.

Speakers included:
  • James Kiarie, WHO
  • Sarah Harlan, Knowledge SUCCESS
  • Nandita Thatte, WHO/IBP Network
  • Jennie Greaney, UNFPA/HIPs Partnership
Visit the IBP Network for more information and the HIP Webinars page to view the recording.

New HIP Concept Note Update

The call for HIP concept notes in October 2020 yielded 22 submissions from around the world. The HIP TAG reviewed the submissions in their February 2021 meeting and made three selections:
  • HIP Brief: Strategic Social Accountability: Expanding spaces for dialogue, negotiation, and accountability between communities and health system actors, submitted by select members of the Community of Practice on Social Accountability
  • HIP SPG: Contraceptive Production Introduction and Scale-up, submitted by Population Services International, FHI 360, PATH, Population Council, and Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • HIP SPG: Facilitate the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Family Planning,  submitted by Humanity & Inclusion and Profamilia Association - Colombia
The HIP Partnership accepts concept notes for new HIP briefs and Strategic Planning Guides on a rolling basis. For more information on the criteria for submission, please see Submit New Concepts.

"Not Without FP" Forum Recap

What’s working in HIP implementation and what's not? This was the topic discussed in February at the "Not Without FP Forum" in the Program Implementation Community Session. Moderated roundtables were held on topics chosen by the ICFP community: Digital Health (recordings available in English and French) and Family Planning Service Integration (English and French). Roundtable participants shared examples of implementation on the ground, success and challenges faced including COVID-19, and tips for scaling up HIPs. Thanks to all of our HIP partners for moderating, presenting, and contributing!
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