Family Planning Workforce
K4Health has a number of Toolkits dedicated to improving access to family planning by strengthening the capacity of the health workforce to deliver contraceptive supplies and services.
- The new Family Planning Logistics Toolkit provides insight into how to achieve greater contraceptive security with smart logistics system design and supply chain management. Additionally, it shares the latest essential tools and resources for strengthening the supply chain management workforce.
- The Leadership and Management Toolkit, organized to align with the World Health Organization’s six health systems strengthening components, provides evidence-based guidance and tools to help health managers and service providers develop, update, and expand their leadership and management skills.
- The Community-Based Family Planning Toolkit shares information resources for increasing access to and choice of contraceptive methods in underserved areas by implementing four community-based family planning strategies involving task shifting: community-based distribution, mobile outreach, community depots, and public-private partnerships.
- The more specific Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives Toolkit is a platform for strengthening the capacity of agencies and organizations to plan, implement, evaluate, promote, and scale up community-based access to injectables (CBA2I) programs and to advocate for changes to national policy and service delivery guidelines.
The CHW Reference Guide Summary
The CHW Reference Guide Summary (CHW Central, 2017; PDF, 2.60MB) presents a synopsis of the original 468-page Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale: A Reference Guide and Case Studies for Program Managers and Policymakers. Originally published in May 2014 by USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), it was created in response to the rapid increase in and expansion of CHW programs in low- and middle-income countries over the past decade. This 49-page summary contains 16 chapter summaries by experts in the field, encapsulating the key findings from the original CHW Reference Guide.
iHRIS Health Workforce Information Software
iHRIS (pronounced “iris”) is a suite of free open-source software specifically designed to supply low-resource countries with information to track, manage, deploy, and budget for their health workers. iHRIS helps capture data on health worker numbers, skills, qualifications, training, employment history, location, and more. With this information, health workforce managers and other decision-makers can address health workforce shortages and solve other challenges. New functionality now makes it easier to present and analyze health workforce data for decision- and policy-making. More than 20 countries currently use iHRIS to manage almost one million health worker records. IntraHealth International’s USAID-funded global project, CapacityPlus, supports the core development of iHRIS while several other IntraHealth projects customize the software for specific country needs.
Research Planning Framework for Task-Sharing Family Planning Services
The Family Planning Task Sharing Technical Working Group has developed this tool for country-level policy makers, implementers, and researchers to assist in determining whether task-sharing family planning research might be appropriate for their respective contexts. The purpose of the tool is to help stakeholders evaluate the need to generate task sharing evidence, hence facilitating more effective, efficient and appropriate use of resources. This tool was designed primarily for country-level use, though may be helpful in generating evidence to influence regional or global level task-sharing guidance. The Framework is available in PDF form (English [631KB] and French [800KB]).