As we usher in the New Year, SHOPS Plus reflects on two years of strategically engaging the private sector and improving health outcomes in family planning, HIV, and maternal and child health. Since its launch in 2015, the five-year project has positively impacted the lives of millions of people across the globe through interventions, innovations, and partnerships.
pregnant women treated with a three-month supply of iron folate supplements in Afghanistan
Here are more examples of how the project is improving lives around the world.
Strengthening provision through increased supply and demand
In addition to delivering 16.5 million priority health products, SHOPS Plus supported the introduction of seven health products (five in Afghanistan).
The project used social behavior change communication campaigns in five countries (Afghanistan, Haiti, Senegal, Nigeria, and Tanzania), leveraging mass media, digital platforms, and interpersonal communication. The campaigns reached more than 33 million consumers with important health messages in the second year alone.
To improve the sustainability of nongovernmental organizations delivering health products, the project worked with social marketing organizations in Afghanistan and Nepal. Read more about the training session on how to implement, monitor, and evaluate programs.
In its first two years, SHOPS Plus published 14 briefs and primers that documented knowledge on effective private health sector approaches. The three most downloaded publications were:
- Public-Private Partnerships for Family Planning: Case Studies on Local Participation—Presents case studies on effective public-private partnerships for family planning from Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, and Tanzania.
- Sources for Sick Child Care in 24 USAID Priority Countries—Examines where treatment or advice is sought for sick children in 24 USAID maternal and child survival priority countries.
- Regulation of Drug Shops and Pharmacies Relevant to Family Planning: A Scan of 32 Developing Countries—Documents the policies, laws, and regulations that shape how pharmacies and drug shops operate and what modern family planning methods they can provide in 32 USAID priority countries.
Download SHOPS Plus publications and other private sector resources from the online resource center.