Mobilizing funds from multiple sources, the Initiative aims to build on the successes of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI) and increase the number of cities replicating and adapting URHI interventions on a demand-driven (self-selection) and cost-efficient basis. It will also test an effective and sustainable scale up model that strengthens health systems and builds on existing resources with original URHI partners functioning as its regional hubs.

Each of the original URHI projects has developed – and under the Initiative is now refining – a toolkit to provide guidance to health managers and other decision-makers on how to strengthen urban family planning services. The toolkits are based on the experience of the URHI projects in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and India, which produced critical lessons on how to increase access to and utilization of quality contraceptive services in disadvantaged urban settings. These lessons and experiences are packaged in the form of tools to support key program areas, including Service Delivery, Commodity Security, Demand Creation and Advocacy, and can be adapted to new public and private sector settings.

See toolkits from our Regional Hubs:

Nigeria Francophone West Africa  East Africa

The Initiative’s hubs will use these toolkits in initial implementation cities starting in the fall. Meanwhile, it is also designing a “TCI University” whose curriculum will be guided by a global “consolidated” toolkit to scale up at declining costs a minimum set of proven interventions packaged as a core and support model that can be implemented with fewer human and financial resources than were available to cities participating in the URHIs. Participating cities will have the opportunity to adopt essential interventions with added flexibility to customize their own programs. More efficient modes of technical support will be introduced, including access to coaching and mentoring from regional Hubs. TCI University will provide participating geographies with full access to all tools, along with orientation, technical training, and on-going mentoring support specific to adopting the tools that will meet the needs of their programs.

In addition to the global toolkit, the key components of TCI University include country-specific toolkits, coaching, training, and a community of practice.