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What are K4Health Toolkits?

What is the purpose of this Toolkit?

Who developed this Toolkit?

What types of resources are included?

Who are the intended audiences?

How do I get started using this Toolkit?

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

How can I make a comment or give feedback?


/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 remaining information gaps.

/What is the purpose of this Toolkit?

Implants are a long-acting contraceptive method and one of the most effective reversible family planning methods ever developed. Despite their acceptability to women and their potential to significantly reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, they are underutilized. This Toolkit provides guidance and tools to update, expand or develop implant service provision programs. Expanding access to implants with high-quality services helps fulfill women’s right to contraceptive choice and contributes to sustainable family planning programs.

/Who developed this Toolkit?

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 23 international reproductive health and family planning organizations forming the Implants Toolkit Working Group have expertise and experience in the areas of program planning, training, advocacy, marketing, research, policy, and logistics. The individuals and organizations hold a commitment to promoting evidence-based practices in reproductive health and believe that hormonal implants are a valuable component of family planning programs that add to women’s contraceptive choice.

Members of the Implants Toolkit Working Group

/What types of resources are included?

This Toolkit was created to provide guidance and tools to update, develop or expand implant services in reproductive health programs. It contains:

  • Tools and resources to help implement a variety of implant-related activities
  • A compilation of the most up-to-date knowledge and best practices on implants
  • Resources on the most up-to-date evidence from the World Health Organization and other international reproductive health organizations
  • Case studies on implant-related activities from several countries  

/Who are the intended audiences?

The Toolkit is intended for use by: 

  • Policy makers and program managers who are interested in adding or improving existing implant services
  • Providers, potential clients, teachers, and students who are interested in accurate information about implants
We invite you to suggest resources or adapt the resources in this toolkit to suit your local circumstances and languages. 

/How do I get started using this Toolkit?

Expanding access to and use of implants requires a holistic approach—including accurate information; up-to-date policies and guidelines; quality training, supervision, and services; effective communication and marketing; and proper logistics. This Toolkit provides information on all these elements and contains tools and resources to help you implement a variety of implant-related activities.

 

To browse the contents of this Toolkit, use the navigation on the right to view resources related to programmatic topics relevant to family planning programs. Each section includes a list of a number of high-quality resources selected by the Implants Toolkit Working Group, further organized by sub-topic. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource. 

 

Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (for example, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations). 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. (To make a comment about the Toolkit or suggest a resource, use the feedback form.)  

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

We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this Toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in the Toolkit, 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?

If you have comments about the Toolkit, please use the feedback form. Your feedback will help to ensure the toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved. For example, you can share ideas about how you have used the Toolkit in your work so that others can learn from and adapt your experiences.