Feasibility study - New reproductive health program
The feasibility study aimed at supporting the Nigerien government in identifying the specific modalities for a new bilateral program of the Financial German Cooperation in the health sector (sexual and reproductive health and family planning). It provided all the necessary information to prepare an evaluation mission for a new cooperation program.
The study team analyzed and evaluated the Nigerien Health Sector as a whole. In a next step the team identified areas in which the German investment would have the biggest impact on the improvement of health, especially that of women and children. The study followed Nigerien national policies and strategies and was based on experiences gained during the current bilateral Program „Family Planning and AIDS Prevention“. In cooperation with project employees of the program, the team analyzed possible synergies between this and the new Program. The poor, women of childbearing age, children and youth in rural and peri-urban areas were identified as special target groups.
The team took a closer look at the sub-sectors of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) including family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and child health. It focused on possible synergies and scaling effects with current or planned programs of the German Financial and Technical Cooperation and other financial and technical partners. Accordingly, advantages and disadvantages of an invest-ment in the basket fund of the health sector were also analyzed.
The topics gender and behavior change, strengthening of self-determination of girls and women as well as the possibilities to strengthen cooperation and synergies with the (primary and secondary) education sector were also included in the evaluation.