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Not Business as Usual: Using CLA to Accelerate Progress for Family Planning in the Philippines

Jose Juan A. Dela Rosa
In January 2017, the Philippine government issued a policy for attaining "zero unmet need" for family planning (FP). It directs the public health system to accelerate progress in FP service provision, especially among the poor by 2018 and the rest of the population by 2020.
Six months into the campaign, regional program managers noted slow and uneven progress.
The USAID-supported LuzonHealth Project, implemented by RTI International, works with the Philippine government to reduce maternal and child deaths and to improve access to quality FP services. 
In late 2017 to early 2018, the project assisted health facilities in 21 provinces and cities across the main island of Luzon to come up with FP acceleration plans. Through a series of workshops called FAST RUN for FP (Focused and Accelerated Strategies to Reduce Unmet Need for FP), the project introduced the CLA framework to its partners.
Various CLA approaches enabled project partners to learn from each other, sharpen their FP acceleration plans, make corrective actions based on data, and increase collaboration with key stakeholders. About three months since the introduction of CLA, improvements in FP performance are apparent in many provinces, cities, and facilities.

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