Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive Health Supplies
Started in 2005, the Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive health supplies (CARhs) group provides a platform for global procurers and country partners to coordinate and share information, promote transparency and country ownership of supply management, generate evidence-based decisions, and take effective action to balance contraceptive supply when unexpected situations occur. At its monthly meetings, the group identifies pending supply shortages or overstocks, tries to understand their cause, develops solutions, and if possible, applies these solutions. Core member-organizations of CARhs include the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) New York, UNFPA Copenhagen, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, West African Health Organization (WAHO), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), and the Coalition Secretariat. CARhs’ members coordinate closely with other donors and implementing partners including the World Bank, the KfW banking group, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Marie Stopes International, and Crown Agents.
The main mechanism for the CARhs group to monitor stock levels is through country reporting using the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report (PPMR), which was developed in 2008. In 2012, an electronic database was launched to make submission to the PPMR and subsequent tracking of identified issues easier. At the time the PPMR was launched, ten countries reported stock levels using the PPMR. Today, over thirty countries report on a regular basis.
Alert a shortage or an overstock
Shortage or overtstock of reproductive health supplies?
How does CARhs work?
From its quiet beginnings in 2004 as an informal, collaborative group to better coordinate efforts to address contraceptive stockouts, the Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive Health Supplies group has become one of the signature partnership endeavors of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC).