Training

Members of the Life Savings Partnership Project, a microenterprise development program, participate in a condom use demonstration. © 2006 Josephine Mkandawire/CCP, Courtesy of Photoshar

The Training section of the Condom Use Toolkit contains job aids, curricula, manuals, and other training tools for condom programming and service delivery. These materials cover a range of topics including:
  • Promoting and incorporating the female and male condom into existing family planning and STI/ HIV prevention programs
  • Training health care providers, including clinicians, community-based distributors, community health workers, peer educators, traditional birth attendants, and others, to offer quality counseling and provide female and male condoms to clients
  • Meeting the family planning and reproductive health needs of people living with HIV and AIDS
  • Improving interpersonal communication skills among sexually active populations to increase likelihood of condom use
While the skills required for condom provision are less technical than for clinical contraceptive methods, provider still need condom training to:
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in the use of female and male condoms for prevention of pregnancy and STIs, including HIV. Training on female condoms is particularly important since they are less well known and understood.
  • Effectively counsel their clients on correct and consistent condom use
  • Implement program initiatives, including training sessions, to enable program managers, service providers, researchers, community leaders, educators, and others to successfully integrate condoms into HIV and reproductive health programs
  • Train others in interpersonal communication, risk assessment, and the use of female and male condoms
A successful training workshop for condom providers requires careful planning and preparation. The organizers of the training should invite participants who can then provide cascade training to others working in maternal and child health, antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, and community-based health programs. It is important that the planners and facilitators of the training understand the learning needs of the participants and adapt the training materials and methods accordingly. Initial training sessions should be followed up with both supportive supervision to ensure quality service provision and refresher training sessions conducted once the participants have had time to apply their knew knowledge and skills in their jobs. 
 
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