On March 22, Population Action International convened a day-long meeting for PEPFAR implementing partners to discuss family planning/HIV integration indicators. The meeting brought together a program and monitoring and evaluation staff from EngenderHealth, PATH, FHI360, Pathfinder, the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation, and the E2A Project. We were also joined by the Guttmacher Institute who gave a policy overview of family planning within PEPFAR.
The goals of the meeting were to understand the relevant FP/HIV integration indicators currently being reported; share data on FP/HIV integration currently being collected; and strategize around possible entry points to advance integration indicators.
Susan Adamchak from FHI360 presented a report that tested viability of FP-HIV integration indicators in five countries. Adamchak’s presentation led to a discussion about data being collected, particularly on the family planning needs of women living with HIV. Since some countries have integrated programs, partners shared case studies and concluded that gathering both successes and challenges of these programs would strengthen the evidence base for FP-HIV integrated services. Participants also discussed the need to address integration in the country-level Health Monitoring Information Systems (HMIS), a piece which country-level advocates could take forward with the Ministry of Health.