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Scaling-up High Impact FP/MNCH Best Practices: Materials Distributed

The following are materials distributed during the technical meeting in Bangkok. Descriptions and links to the electronic versions of the materials can be found below.  

Family Planning: A global handbook for providers

2007 - 372 pages


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This new handbook is an essential resource for health care professionals providing contraceptive methods. The handbook is jointly published by WHO and the Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with support and funding from the United States Agency for International Development. Experts from around the world have contributed to the development of the handbook, and many major international organizations and professional organizations working in family planning have endorsed and adopted this guidance. It is one of WHO's "Family Planning Cornerstones", a companion to the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, the Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use and the Decision-Making Tool for Family Planning Clients and Providers.

The handbook is the successor to The Essentials of Contraceptive Technology, first published in 1997 by the Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In format and organization it resembles the earlier handbook. At the same time, all of the content of Essentials has been re-examined, new evidence has been gathered, guidance has been revised where needed, and gaps have been filled.

Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers can be downloaded at the link above. Alternatively, you can order print copies of both the document and its accompanying wallchart, "Do You Know Your Family Planning Choices?" from The INFO Project's Orders Department at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Handbook is free for organizations in developing countries. Bulk orders can also be placed by contacting hjohnson@jhuccp.org.

A Guide for Fostering Change to Scale up Effective Health Services

17 May 2007, 54 pages

Full text available here in pdf format.

The Fostering Change Community is a resource for everyone who is working to improve health services.  Members of the community discuss effective ways to foster change through asking questions of other members and sharing their stories. 

Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP):
ANE Country Briefs

Distributed at Family Planning Session 3, these briefs include the most recent DHS data from 12 ANE countries concerning MNCH health as related to pregnancy spacing. Information about HTSP, as well as implications and recommendations for programs is also included. Development professionals are encouraged to use the briefs as advocacy tools when discussing HTSP with decision makers.

Access the HTSP Country Briefs here.

Postabortion Care Global Resources Guide

The PAC Global Resources Guide is a compilation of basic instruments intended for policymakers and program planners who are designing or revising their current postabortion care program. Organizations that provide assistance to PAC programs worldwide may also benefit from this package.  

More than 600 documents were reviewed for the global PAC Resource package. Each section of the package has undergone extensive international review and field testing.

Please visit www.infoforhealth.org/pac/about/index.shtml for more information and to view the full text of the resource package.


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