Program Implementation

The following guidelines are available to assist program managers to plan for and integrate the Standard Days Method® (SDM) into their services. These guidelines are based on the experience of more than twenty international and local organizations that have successfully introduced the SDM into their own countries' family planning programs. The SDM has been introduced into diverse programmatic seetings, 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.

These resources provide information on key aspects of the SDM for managers considering including it in their programs. It discusses key steps that need to be addressed as the introduction is planned and implemented. Of course, not all elements will be relevant to each reader, and program managers are encouraged to select those elements most appropriate for their programs.