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?

The purpose of this toolkit is to assist program managers to plan for and integrate the SDM into services. The guidelines and resources in this toolkit are based on the experience of more than twenty international and local organizations that successfully have introduced this simple natural method into their countries' family planning programs. The SDM has been introduced into diverse programmatice settings, including clinic- and community-based programs, by ministries of health, NGOs providing family planning services as well as community development organizations with limited experience in carrying out health or family planning programs. The method is being used by women and men with a wide variety of religious, cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds.

Who developed this toolkit?

This toolkit was developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health, developers of the Standard Days Method® and CycleBeads®. For more information about the Institute, please visit www.irh.org.

What types of resources are included in this toolkit?

This toolkit provides information on key aspects of the SDM for managers considering including the method into their programs. It includes background information on how the method was developed and tested, and the benefits of introducing the SDM. It also discusses key steps that need to be addressed as the introduction is planned and implemented. Of course, not all elements of the toolkit are relevant to each reader, and program managers are encouraged to select those elements most appropriate for their programs.

The resources included in this toolkit have been developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health and a number of other organizations and projects that work in the fields of reproductive health, research, and advocacy. Organizations and projects whose resources appear in this toolkit are:

CARE International
Contraceptive Technology
Cycle Technologies
Family Care International
FHI 360
Info Project
Institute for Reproductive Health
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Center for Communication Programs
MEASURE Evaluation
Population Reports
POLICY Project
World Health Organization

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 used quality resources, or experiences 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 about this toolkit?

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.