What is the PPMR?

The Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report (PPMR) describes stock status of contraceptive products on a country-by-country basis. It is produced monthly by the USAID | DELIVER Project for the Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive health supplies (CARhs) group at the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC). Data are provided by Ministries of Health, or USAID partners, such as Abt Associates, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, social marketing organizations such as Population Services International (PSI), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and UNFPA. As of June 2013, 33 countries report in the PPMR.

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What is CARhs?

The Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive health supplies (CARhs) group brings together representatives of the world's key commodity suppliers to address the short-term supply crises that periodically befall countries. At its monthly meetings, the group identifies pending supply shortages using the PPMR, tries to understand their causes, develops solutions, and if possible, applies them. Core member organizations of the CARhs include the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) New York, UNFPA Copenhagen, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), RHInterchange, the USAID | DELIVER project, and the Coalition Secretariat. Depending on the countries under review, other participants have included the World Bank, the KfW banking group, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Global Fund for Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), MSI, and Crown Agents.

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