Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers (3rd Edition, 2018)


One of K4Health's flagship publications, Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers offers clinic-based health care professionals in developing countries the latest guidance on providing contraceptive methods. 

The 2018 edition has been updated to reflect changes to the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (5th edition, 2015) and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (3rd edition, 2016). Updates include:

  • Information about newly-developed and updated contraceptive methods (e.g., the levonorgestrel IUD, self-injectable contraception, and a new progesterone-releasing vaginal ring for breastfeeding women);
  • Recommendations on topics such as intimate partner violence, task sharing, and serving clients with disabilities;
  • A new section on how family planning providers should respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of their clients;
  • New job aids on whether to use the pregnancy checklist or a pregnancy test, and on counseling women who want progestin-only injectables where HIV risk is high.

Written in plain terms and organized for quick reference, the Global Handbook is widely considered to be an essential resource on contraceptive methods for healthcare professionals. More than 500,000 copies have been distributed in 13 languages since its first publication in 2007.

The Handbook is available in both print and online editions:

  • Print Edition: A limited number of print copies are available for counselors or trainers in lower- and middle-income countries who need them. Kindly complete an online order form. You may also request copies by email; please contact orders [at] jhuccp [dot] org and include your name, complete mailing address, telephone number, and the reason for your request (e.g., training field staff or conducting a workshop).
  • Online Edition: The Handbook's website,, offers the Handbook as a complete download and as a browsable online book. Individual chapter downloads and the Handbook's associated wall chart, Do You Know Your Family Planning Choices?, are also available.

Originally published by K4Health's predecessor the INFO Project in 2007 as a successor to the 2001 Essentials of Contraceptive Technology, the Handbook was prepared through a unique collaboration between editorial staff at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and technical experts from the World Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, and other organizations around the world. The book is one of the World Health Organization's Family Planning Cornerstones.

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