The Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report (PPMR): Reducing Contraceptive Stockouts through Increased Data Visibility and Global Coordination

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Abstract

For more than a decade, the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report (PPMR) and the Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive health supplies (CARhs) group have become an essential mechanism for countries and donors to monitor contraceptive stock status, improve data visibility, strengthen in-country coordination, and address critical contraceptive stock imbalances in countries all over the world.

Launched in 2007 by the USAID |DELIVER PROJECT, the PPMR captures information on contraceptive stock and shipment statuses, and other contraceptive security issues, from family planning programs on a country-by-country basis.

The CARhs group, a partnership endeavor of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), uses the data at the country and global level to respond to supply issues. CARhs members include UNFPA, USAID, the West African Health Organization (WAHO), the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM), RHSC, Implant Access Program, and Clinton Health Access Initiative. The CARhs group meets monthly to review the PPMR, identify contraceptive stock imbalances, discuss potential solutions, and act within available resources to avoid or mitigate stock issues, including stockouts and overstocks.