Availability and Quality of Family Planning Services by Faith-Based Organizations in Malawi, Kenya, and Haiti

A recent study by MEASURE Evaluation contributes new evidence on the availability and quality of family planning services by faith-based organizations.

A Seventh-Day Adventist church in Malawi. Photo by Beth Robinson.
A Seventh-Day Adventist church in Malawi. Photo by Health Policy Project.
Health services, including family planning (FP), offered through faith-based organizations (FBOs) in developing countries are important to the health and well-being of women, children and families. A recent study by MEASURE Evaluation contributes new evidence on the availability and quality of FP services by FBOs.


The study included a descriptive analysis using facility-level data collected through Service Provision Assessments in Malawi (2013–14), Kenya (2010), and Haiti (2012) to examine 11 indicators of FP service and method availability and nine indicators of comprehensive and quality counseling. The indicators include measures of FP service provision, method mix, method stock, the provision of accurate information, and the discussion of reproductive intentions, client’s questions/concerns, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and return visits, among others. The indicators were then assessed to determine statistical equivalence.

Results of the analysis show FBOs are less likely to offer FP services than other health facilities, yet there was little difference found between FBOs and other facilities in terms of comprehensive and quality counseling indicators. To learn more about the study and findings, read Availability of family planning services and quality of counseling by faith-based organizations: a three country comparative analysis.