Many cadres of health professionals, including nurses, auxiilliary nurse-midwives, physicians, pharmacists, and community health workers, can be trained to provide family planning services. To offer high-quality, client-centered care, family planning service providers need training on a range of topics, including:
- Screening clients for medlcal elegibility for contraceptive methods
- Offering client-centered family planning services
- Counseling clients on contraceptive options, correct use of contraceptives, how to handle side effects, and other related issues
- Designing, implementing, and evaluating training for contraceptive service providers
A successful training workshop for family planning providers requires careful planning and preparation. The organizers of the training should invite participants who can then provide cascade training to other contraceptive providers working in clinical and community-based settings. 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 supportive supervision to ensure quality service provision. Refresher training sessions should also be conducted once the participants have had a chance to apply their new knowledge and skills in their jobs.
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