The goal of this TWG is to contribute to the improvement of the technical and managerial capacities of reproductive health care providers at the level of the health care delivery system and through other outlets by enhancing coordinated efforts and establishing and maintaining excellent networking among major stakeholders for a better impact.
The following are the objectives of the this TWG:-
- To examine the appropriateness/relevance of existing training and service delivery materials both at the facility and community levels to ensure QOC and develop a strategy to work on the identified gaps/issues.
- To assess and identify the FP/RH knowledge/skills gaps in the pre-service training and advocate for its integration in the higher learning/training institutions.
- To maximize the use of existing and new resources by establishing and maintaining efficient networking.
- Examine/identify service delivery protocols and initiate and implement policy dialogue for its improvement
- Research/document best practices and share the information with relevant partners.
The Consortium was established with the aim to coordinate programs/activities of its members for improving quality and increased coverage of FP/RH information and services among other things. In the past various modalities were adopted and implemented as to the Consortium's mandate and responsibilities. The standardized materials and the subsequent trainings have produced substantial impact in making FP/RH services accessible and affordable to the most needy population of the country. In the process member NGOs and partner organizations have played a critical role in preparing, testing and implementing the training curricula, service delivery protocols, and supervisory checklists for various service delivery outlets whereby some encouraging results were obtained despite some limitations.
The Consortium realized that existing service delivery and training materials are not responsive to the RH/FP needs of the special group of population such as the adolescents/young, displaced, and others. In addition some protocols have hindered the expansion of RH/FP services as it limits providers to delivery services that could have brought a mere share of increase in service coverage. It is therefore important to consider the RH/FP needs of this group of population and review/update the protocols. In the last decade (since the ICPD) integration of reproductive health concept (knowledge and skills) in the higher training institutions that would have far reaching impact in expanding and promoting RH/FP are not appropriately addressed. Considering the existing reality integration of services such as VCT and PMTCT with FP become evident. In all these circumstances the Consortium needs guidance and more so technical support from its members and partners to satisfy the upcoming demands and generate more demands for services as well as to ensure QOC.
The objective of the Technical Working Group is to provide technical guidance and leadership to ensure quality of care and expansion of services through which a sense of ownership and belongingness towards the Consortium will be fostered. In the meantime the process would enable the Consortium to strengthen its in-house technical capacity for better impact. The establishment of the TWG will have an added value in making use of untapped resources among its members and partners that would be shared collectively for proper utilization of scarce resources. Finally, the TWG is anticipated to support the role of the National Reproductive Health task force.
The service delivery technical working group as its primary areas of focus would consider the assessment and identification of gaps in the existing protocols for training and service delivery for in-service training. Subsequently, based on the identified gaps the TWG will advice in FP/RH for a better impact. Likewise, the TWG will assess the knowledge/skills gaps in the pre-service training curricula. In doing so the TWG will commission baseline assessment and research studies to improve and enhance service delivery capacity of implementing partners.
The Technical Working Group is composed of the following institutions and organizations. However, other organizations may be included in the process as deemed necessary.
- Family Health Department; Ministry of Health:
- Training and Service Delivery Department; Ministry of Health
- Marie Stopes International-Ethiopia
- Integrated Services for AIDS Prevention and Support Organization
- Marie Joy Aid through Development
- Engender Health
- Consortium of Reproductive Health Associations