The Kinshasa Family Planning Coalition was formed following the first facility-based survey which identified and mapped all of the family planning service delivery sites in Kinshasa in 2012. It was convened under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and the National Program for Reproductive Health (PNSR). Members include staff of approximately 10 technical organizations that deliver FP services in Kinshasa, four donors supporting FP in Kinshasa, PNSR staff and other FP stakeholders.
The inaugural meeting of the Coalition was held in December 2012, where the innovative maps of Kinshasa FP sites were displayed and discussed. Subsequent quarterly meetings of the Coalition convened thus far have dealt with each of the different elements of “3 star” services: availability of modern methods, training of health care providers in family planning, and the existence of a functioning contraceptive information systems.
One of the goals set out at the inception of the Coalition was to increase the percentage of “3-star” sites from 44% in 2012 to 80% in 2013, an ambitious goal. A follow-up survey in 2013 revealed that the percentage of 3-star sites had increased to 63%. Although short of the Coalition's goal, this achievement nonetheless reflected significant progress in terms of accessibility of family planning services in Kinshasa.