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This national strategic assesment of reproductive health was conducted by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), Lao PDR in collaboration with the World Health Organization, with objectives to identify priority areas for programme intervention and research in reproductive health; and to provide recommendations for strengthening reproductive health services and improving quality of care. The strategic assessment was intended to serve as input to the MOPH in its efforts to develop an integrated approach to reproductive health service delivery.
The report highlights the need to continue efforts to create broad-based support for reproductive health programs, improve coordination among stakeholders, strengthen NGOs so that they can effectively participate in the policy process, and enhance the financial sustainability of programs.
The paper assesses effective interventions and their cost for three main components of reproductive health: family planning, safe motherhood, and STD/HIV/AID prevention and treatment. The paper also suggests some of the economic criteria governments can use to determine the role of the public sector in providing and/or financing reproductive health services. Tables showing the health benefits of family planning, and charts showing characteristics of HIV education and prevention programs that "work" or "do not work" are also included in appendices.