Hormonal implants are small, thin, flexible plastic rods, each about the size of a matchstick, that release a progestin hormone into the body. Many clients are satisfied with them because they are safe, highly effective, long-acting, and quickly reversible. Implants require little attention after insertion, making them very convenient to use.
Three kinds of implants are highlighted in the Toolkit:
This Toolkit for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers contains reliable and relevant information about providing contraceptive implants, including the following:
- Essential knowledge about the method
- Relevant polices and guidelines
- Training resources
- Logistics information
- Program management guidance
- Service delivery guidelines and tools
- Communication materials
- Country experiences including implants in family planning programs employing strategies such as task sharing, mobile services, social franchising, integrated services, and more
Members of the Long-Acting and Permanent Methods (LA/PMs) Community of Practice developed this Toolkit, under the leadership of EngenderHealth, FHI 360, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Toolkit includes resources from more than 50 publishers.
If you have experience with the introduction or provision of hormonal implants, we invite you to tell us about it through the feedback form, where you can also suggest new resources for the Toolkit.