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    Community-Based Access to Injectables | Subcutaneous DMPA (depo-subQ) Around the world, use of injectable contraceptives is rising dramatically-- more than 40 million women worldwide currently rely on injectables. The increasing demand for injectable contraception challenges programs to expand access to and improve the quality of services. Expanding access to injectable contraceptives with high-quality services helps fulfill women’s right to contraceptive choice and contributes to sustainable family planning programs. This Toolkit includes information about both progestin-only...
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    The intrauterine device (IUD), a small, flexible plastic frame that a specifically trained provider inserts into a woman’s uterus, provides very effective, safe, and long-term—yet quickly reversible—protection from pregnancy. IUDs can be one of the most cost-effective contraceptive methods because modern IUDs can be used for many years—for at least 12 years for the copper-bearing TCu-380A IUD, and up to 5 years or possibly longer for the hormonal IUD (commercially marketed as Mirena®). This Toolkit is for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers who are...
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    Please note: This Toolkit is being revised by a working group from the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative. Changes are underway. If you have questions or are trying to locate something that used to be here, please contact us: toolkits@k4health.org. What is Knowledge Management (KM)? Knowledge management (KM) is an umbrella term encompassing the many unique but related facets of creating, organizing, sharing, and using information and experiences. While there is no universally accepted definition of KM, most available definitions have common elements. KM is often described as a...
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    Maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and family planning (FP) programs and services are often perceived as distinct, yet integration of these interventions can be mutually beneficial for mothers and their children. For example, exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months after birth not only protects the infant from becoming malnourished but also meets the mother’s contraceptive needs if she practices the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM). The intersection of nutrition and family planning is not limited to outcomes. Synergies exist in terms of interventions as well,...
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    Microbicides are substances that are being tested to help prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. Vaginal microbicides are intended as an HIV prevention option for women that, unlike male condoms, would not require negotiation with a partners. Rectal microbicides could be used by both men and women to reduce the risk of HIV infection during anal sex. Most of the microbicides under study employ ARV drugs that are commonly used in pill form to treat an HIV infection. ARV pill formulations can also be used for HIV prevention in an approach called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Several...
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    Multiple and concurrent partnerships (MCP)--when individuals have two or more partnerships that overlap in time, often for months or years--increase the risk of transmitting HIV immediately following infection. They also spread HIV through a population much faster than when individuals have a series of monogamous relationships. For example, in Uganda, from 1985 to 2000, the reduction in HIV incidence appears to be a result of a decrease in multiple sexual partnerships and networks. This toolkit provides information on preventing HIV by reducing the...
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    When used consistently and correctly, oral contraceptives (OCs) are among the most effective methods for preventing unwanted pregnancies. OCs are safe for most women of reproductive age and are used by more than 100 million women worldwide. Many women like OCs because they are controlled by the woman, they can be stopped any time without a provider’s help, and they do not interfere with sex. In addition, community health workers can provide OCs, making them accessible to women who do not have access to a health facility. The Oral Contraceptives Toolkit is designed to meet the changing...
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    Female sterilization is the most commonly used contraceptive method, used by an estimated 220 million married women worldwide (about 20%). In contrast, male sterilization is the least used modern contraceptive method. An estimated 33 million married women (less than 3%) rely on their partner's vasectomy for contraception.  Female sterilization and vasectomy are appropriate methods for women and men who want a highly effective and permanent method of contraception that does not require re-supply or action at the time of sex. With proper counseling and informed consent, any woman can have...
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    Family planning offered in the first year postpartum provides an opportunity to meet the needs of women who want to prevent unintended pregnancies or who want to delay having more children. Yet, globally, nearly 65% of women in their first postpartum year have an unmet need for family planning services. This toolkit provides a comprehensive collection of best practices and evidence-based tools and documents on postpartum family planning (PPFP) developed through the ACCESS-FP Program and continued under the MCHIP project. The toolkit will assist policymakers, program managers, trainers,...
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    An estimated 3.2 million children under 15 years of age worldwide are living with HIV. Ninety percent of these children become infected with HIV by mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Without intervention, the risk of MTCT among infants born to women who are HIV positive ranges from 15% to 45%. Effective interventions can bring this rate to below 5%. Despite tremendous achievements over the past decade in the reduction of maternal to child transmission of HIV, persistent unmet need exists for preventing MTCT. In low- and middle-income countries especially, too few women are receiving HIV...

Latest Toolkit Updates

  • Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use

    This document is part of the process for improving the quality of care in family planning. Specifically, it is one of two evidence-based cornerstones (guidance documents) of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) initiative to develop and implement family planning guidelines for national programmes. The first cornerstone, the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC, now in its fifth edition), provides thorough information and guidance on the safety of various contraceptive methods for use in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics.

  • Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use

    This guide provides guidance on how to provide contraceptives, with the goals of maximizing effectiveness and managing side effects and other problems. The second edition contains 33 recommendations ranging from when to start a method, how to manage problems women experience using certain methods, how to provide emergency contraception, and what clinical exams to perform before a method can be initiated.

  • Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use

    This guide provides guidance on how to provide contraceptives, with the goals of maximizing effectiveness and managing side effects and other problems. The second edition contains 33 recommendations ranging from when to start a method, how to manage problems women experience using certain methods, how to provide emergency contraception, and what clinical exams to perform before a method can be initiated. For specific guidance on when a man can rely on his vasectomy for contraception, see section 15 of the document.

  • Selected Practice Recommendations For Contraceptive Use

    This document is part of the process for improving the quality of care in family planning. Specifically, it is one of two evidence-based cornerstones (guidance documents) of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) initiative to develop and implement family planning guidelines for national programmes. The first cornerstone, the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC, now in its fifth edition), provides thorough information and guidance on the safety of various contraceptive methods for use in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics.