Private Shops & Pharmacies as Providers of Family Planning

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Why does this topic matter?

  • Private drug shops & pharmacies are the first point of health care for many communities
  • Supporting drug shops and pharmacies is recognized as a promising high impact practice (HIP)1 for family planning
  • These groups are fundamental to HRH and health system strengthening efforts
  • While these providers are important sources for care, challenges remain for:
    • Drug quality
    • Service quality
    • Policy restrictions
    • Fragmentation
  • APC supports a Community of Practice to exchange information, and create an agenda for global advocacy