Sexual and reproductive health

The Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative

About IBP

The Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative is a uniquely interactive partnership through which policy makers, programme managers, Heath care ,implementing organizations and providers are able to identify and apply evidence-based and proven effective practices to improve reproductive health outcomes worldwide.

IBP in reproductive health: Our First 10 Years (2000-2010)

Over the past 10 years the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative has catalyzed these achievements and many others like them. In the course of these efforts, the IBP partnership has helped establish a new vision of how to improve reproductive health care.

  • In Kenya the Ministry of Health obtains a budget line item for family planning commodities.

  • In Ethiopia an interagency team identifies and documents local “practices that make programmes work”. The Ministry of Health intends to build identifying and scaling up best practices into its official annual planning process.

  • In Jordan the Ministry of Health and its partners introduce a comprehensive approach to post-abortion care in public hospitals, adapting guidelines, training providers, supplying contraceptives and communication materials, and issuing a policy directive.

  • In India management teams from all 22 districts in the state of Jharkhand learn to apply a structured process of Performance Improvement to improve health care services.

  • The IBP Knowledge Gateway for Reproductive Health hosts nearly 475 virtual communities of practice. From its launch in 2004 to 2010 the Knowledge Gateway grows to over 18,000 members involved in reproductive health.

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Advance edition of the report on the first 10 years

2010, 56 pages