PROGRESS has demonstrated the feasibility of using non-health institutions to improve access to family planning and community health services in rural areas of Kenya. Seven field day health camps organized by FHI 360 with agricultural cooperatives supported by Land O'Lakes International Development offered a convenient and free channel for current contraceptive users to resupply their methods. Land O'Lakes and the Kenya Ministry of Health are now exploring how to continue to offer these outreach services at upcoming field days, and several options are being explored to sustain and expand the field day health camp model. For a full description of the study, which included a client survey, provider perspectives and cost analysis, see this research brief [PDF, 343 KB]. In addition, Land O'Lakes is sharing the research brief with its global networks on its web page.
PROGRESS (Program Research for Strengthening Services) is a five-year project awarded to FHI 360 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in June 2008. The project seeks to improve access to family planning among underserved populations by providing global technical leadership and working in selected countries.