ACE Mobile App
ACE Mobile App
The ACE (Application for Contraceptive Eligibility) mobile app gives family planning providers an easy and effective way to check whether clients are medically eligible to start using certain contraceptive methods. Based on the popular and trusted Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers (2011 edition), ACE reflects the latest family planning guidance from the World Health Organization’s Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. The Global Handbook is published by the World Health Organization and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
- If a client already has a contraceptive method in mind, the health worker can use ACE to check whether the client is medically eligible to use the preferred method.
- If the client does not have a method in mind, the health worker can use ACE to find methods for which the client is eligible based on medical history.
ACE is designed to only ask about those medical questions that would preclude a client from using a particular contraceptive method(s)—in other words, only those medical conditions with a World Health Organization Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) category of 3 or 4. This reduces the numbers of questions that the ACE app user has to answer.
Health workers can also use ACE to review key characteristics of 20 contraceptive methods, including information about effectiveness, side effects, health benefits, health risks, and how each method works. Contraceptive methods covered include oral contraceptive pills, injectable contraceptives, the patch, the ring, implants, intrauterine devices, male and female sterilization, condoms, and more.