What is CARhs?

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.


In October 2007 the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, in coordination with CARhs members, launched the monthly “Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report” (PPMR) to capture the country-level stock status and other issues pertinent to contraceptive security.  The PPMR has grown to include data from one country (Bangladesh) in 2007 to 13 countries by September 2008; 16 countries by September 2009; 21 countries by September 2010; to currently over 30 countries.  The data contained within the PPMR database can be made available to the reproductive health community via registration.