Total market approach in Vietnam

21st December 2010

Coalition member PATH recently published a new article in the November issue of Reproductive Health Matters. The journal article, Stakeholder perceptions of a total market approach to family planning in Vietnam, reviews the outcomes of a stakeholder analysis conducted with both public and private sector decision-makers in Vietnam. The full abstract is copied below. If you are interested in reading the full article, please contact Jennifer Kidwell Drake.

Stakeholder perceptions of a total market approach to family planning in Viet Nam
Jennifer Kidwell Drake, Luu Huong Thi Thanhb, Chutima Suraratdechac, Ha Phan Thi Thud, Janet G Vail 

Viet Nam has high modern contraceptive prevalence (68%), with most services received through the public sector. As the country transitions to middle-income status, Viet Nam's donors have ceased donations of contraceptive supplies, causing a large projected shortfall in the family planning budget. In response, the Ministry of Health has decided to prioritize free or subsidized contraceptives for poor and vulnerable groups, while enhancing social marketing and sales of contraceptives in the free market. To support planning for this “total market approach”, a descriptive exploratory study was conducted with 38 public and private sector family planning stakeholders to gain their perceptions of the proposals. There was a high level of support for government leadership of public-private coordination and stewardship of the entire family planning system. Key information gaps were identified regarding how the reforms can promote equitable access to family planning and financial sustainability in pricing. The government's experience with this transition may yield valuable guidance for other settings.

Reproductive Health Matters, volume 18, issue 36, pages 46-55 (November 2010)

To read the abstract in French or Spanish, click here.

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