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What are K4Health Toolkits?

What is the purpose of the Condom Use Toolkit?

What types of resources are included in this Toolkit?

Who should use this Toolkit?

How should this Toolkit be used?

Who developed this Toolkit?

How can I suggest a resource to include in this Toolkit?

How can I make a comment or give feedback about this Toolkit?


What are K4Health Toolkits?

K4Health toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill  information gaps.
 
What is the purpose of the Condom Use Toolkit?
 
The purpose of the Condom Use Toolkit is to provide guidance and tools to update, expand, or develop condom service provision and counseling  programs.
 
  • Policy makers will find research and information to help set national guidelines for programs to include condom programming in family planning and HIV prevention programs.
  • Program managers will find information and job aids to help them support the design of effective condom-related activities.  
  • Health care providers will find information and job aids to help them counsel clients effectively about male/female condom use. 
  • Communication professionals can use the toolkit’s resources for policy makers, advocates, program managers, communities, and clients of health care services to explore strategies, media, and messages about the dual protection offered by male/female condoms.
  • Trainers can review the latest training techniques and curricula to help researchers and program managers who are involved in condom programming.
  • Researchers can create customized searches for scientific articles, reports, photographs, and other materials relating to condom use.  
 
What types of resources are included in this Toolkit?
 
This toolkit provides a one-stop source for reliable, relevant, and usable information about male and female condom use in reproductive health and HIV prevention programs. The resources were selected with health policy makers, program managers, and service providers in mind. For example, the Toolkit contains:
  • Up-to-date background and reference materials to design evidence-based, state-of-the-art programs
  • Job aids and other tools to improve the effectiveness and quality of program activities and services
  • PowerPoint presentations and other information resources that can be downloaded and adapted to local circumstances and languages
  • Various publication formats: books, manuals, briefs, case studies, fact sheets, newsletters, pamphlets, posters, project reports, reviews, teaching and training materials, photographs, and other tools
 
Who should use this Toolkit?
 
The Toolkit is intended for use by: 
  • Policy makers and program managers who are interested in adding or improving existing condom services
  • Providers, potential clients, teachers, and students who are interested in accurate information about condoms
We invite you to suggest resources or adapt the resources in this Toolkit to suit your local circumstances and languages.
 
How should this Toolkit be used?
 
Expanding access to and use of male and female condoms requires a holistic approach: accurate information; up-to-date policies and guidelines; quality training, supervision, and services; efficient, reliable commodity management; and effective communication and marketing. This Toolkit provides information on all these elements and contains tools and resources to help you implement a variety of condom-related activities. 
 
To browse the content of this Toolkit, use the tabs above to view resources related to key program topics. You can also use the search box, found at the top of any Toolkit page, if you know what you are looking for or have a specific item in mind. 

Resources in this Toolkit can be downloaded and adapted for teaching and training, research, advocacy, policy making, and program management purposes. Some of the tools are readily available in adaptable format (for example, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or Word documents). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use. (Please remember to credit the source.) If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us at toolkits@k4health.org and include the name of the Toolkit in the subject line of your message.

Who developed this Toolkit?
 
FHI 360 staff selected the resources based on a search of published and gray literature. The resources are also based on staff experience working with ministries of health and with partner organizations to conduct reproductive health research and implement reproductive health programs around the world, including family planning and HV prevention. Staff from the USAID/DELIVER Project, PSI and USAID also provided valuable suggestions.
 
How can I suggest a resource to include in this Toolkit?
 
We invite you to participate in the evolution and enhancement of this Toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included, please use the feedback form to suggest them. The Toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.
 
How can I make a comment or give feedback about this Toolkit?
 
If you have comments about the Toolkit, please use the feedback form. Your feedback will help to ensure that the Toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved.