Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers

Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, offers clinic-based health care professionals in developing countries the latest guidance on providing contraceptive methods. Primary features of the handbook include:

  • First of its kind—developed through a unique, organized process, in which experts from around the world have come to consensus on practical guidance that reflects the best available scientific evidence.
  • Expands and improves on its predecessor, The Essentials of Contraceptive Technology, by covering more methods and more related topics and strengthening the evidence base for its guidance.
  • Covers more content, but still focuses on the essentials that family planning providers need to provide family planning clients with good-quality care.
  • Written in plain terms and organized for quick reference, the book serves as a resource for all levels of health care providers.
  • One of the World Health Organization's (WHO) 4 cornerstones of family planning guidance. Together, the 4 cornerstones support the safe and effective provision and use of family planning methods and can be used to develop national guidelines. As the fourth cornerstone, Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers offers technical information to help health care providers deliver family planning methods appropriately and effectively.
  • Prepared through a unique collaboration among Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the World Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development and technical experts from over 30 organizations around the world. These and many more organizations have signed on as supporters of the book.
  • Translations are available in six languages (see links below) and planned for as many as 10 languages:
World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs