Sexual and reproductive health

The IBP Initiative

Scaling up what works in family planning/reproductivehealth

IBP is a uniquely interactive partnership through which policy makers, program managers, implementing organizations and providers are able to identify and apply evidence-based and proven effective practices to improve family planning/reproductive health outcomes worldwide. The initiative is run by a consortium of partners that use proven effective practices in change management to implement and scale up effective clinical practices and programmatic approaches.

A couple in India, receives family planning counselling.
A couple in India, receives family planning counselling.

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.