Partnership For Health And Family Planning

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PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY PLANNING
PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY PLANNING
USAID

BACKGROUND

For nearly seventy years, USAID and the Government of Jordan have worked together to safeguard the health of women and children. This partnership has increased access to quality reproductive health and family planning services in line with Jordan’s National Health Sector Strategy. However, rapid population growth has created strains on health services and widened the gaps in the provision of quality care and increased the unmet need for family planning. The majority of Jordan’s population is under the age of 64 with youth under the age of 15 making up nearly 35 percent of the population. Jordan seeks to build a demographic transition to curb population growth and accelerate economic growth, thereby stimulating a demographic dividend. Critical to achieving a demographic dividend is a paired decline in Jordan’s birth and child death rates. The increase in voluntary family planning methods is a necessary component to obtain a demographic dividend, alongside investments in child health services and developing opportunities for higher levels of employment.

PROJECT OVERVIEWS

Through the Partnership for Health and Family Planning project, a direct financing arrangement with the Government of Jordan, USAID is supporting the Ministry of Health to improve its capacity to address gaps in quality care and ensure sustainable improvements in women and child health outcomes. One of the main
focuses of the project is to enhance the Ministry’s delivery of high quality family planning. For the first time in USAID’s partnership with Jordan, the Ministry of Health is leading the project initiatives which encompasses a seven-year, $15 million investment. The project will also sustain the interventions that were previously implemented by USAID-funded activities. These past interventions have demonstrated success in increasing the demand for and improving the quality of public family planning services. These interventions support the Government of Jordan’s overall strategic goal to increase the use of voluntary modern contraceptive methods to promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

Two major aims of the project are to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate and to decrease the total fertility rate. The project aims to increase families' use of modern contraception by 5.9% by ensuring that all couples have access to a full range of quality and affordable family planning services at a location of their choice. Additionally Jordan is expected to achieve the demographic dividend by 2040 if its total fertility rate continues to decline and reaches a replacement level of 2.1 children per woman by 2030.

EXPECTED IMPACT
Increasing demand and quality of family planning services empowers women to play an active role in planning pregnancies and tailoring family size according to their needs and preferences. Moreover, through direct financial assistance, the Ministry of Health will be better resourced to plan for, implement, and evaluate family planning services. Additionally, this support to the ministry will enable it to ensure the longevity of USAID’s programming. Through closer partnership and increased direct financing, USAID is supporting the success of Jordan’s health sector.

Last updated: July 20, 2022

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