Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Development in Africa

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CPHDA's Strategy

CPHDA currently intervenes on public health programs in the majority of French speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Priority topics include Child Health and Nutrition; Reproductive Health; HIV/AIDS;and Adolescent and School Health.

In response to high maternal mortality rates, unmet needs for family planning and high fertility rates among adolescents, CPHDA is engaging in the following programs to help reduce these risks:

  • Behavior change to encourage lower-risk practices in the areas of malaria, reproductive health, safe motherhood, and family planning ;
  • Training professional health workers in safe motherhood, family planning, and child survival ;
  • Training community health workers on family planning and child survival ;
  • Training traditional birth attendants in safer methods ;
  • Increasing access to and use of pre-natal checkups ;
  • Social marketing of reproductive health materials ;
  • Rebuilding national family planning systems;
  • Improving the quality of services by building providers’ capabilities and support systems, as well as developing norms, procedures, and standards; 
  • Developing effective systems for managing the supply of contraceptives and other FP/RH commodities;
  • Mobilizing communities—including community health workers, service providers, health officials, and religious and traditional leaders—to support increased access to malaria prevention services, and use of family planning services;
  • Training community health workers on the Lactational Amenorrhea Method, Standard Days,  and Two Day Method;
  • Promoting injectable contraceptives.


The following is a series of key capacities that CPHDA has developed in its maternal and newborn child health, family planning and adolescent reproductive health programs, malaria,  and professional services.