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State of Self-Care Report

Progress and Potential of Self-Care: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

The momentum around self-care is building through an array of self-care practices, policies, and interventions worldwide. This report aims to take stock of the SRH self-care field and document its progress. It is intended to provide a resource for global and national advocacy, to inform implementation of self-care guidelines, and to link the reader to evidence and learning exchanges. It includes case examples describing the process of introducing and scaling up DMPA-SC self-injection in Malawi and Nigeria.

Institutional author(s): Self-Care Trailblazer Group
Publication date: June, 2023

Introducing new self-care family planning methods: Lessons from DMPA-SC and the Caya diaphragm

This webinar held on February 23, 2022 was hosted by Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) led by WCG Cares with PSI and the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative led by PATH in partnership with JSI. The discussion focused on the introduction and scale up of self-care family planning methods in sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting lessons and best practices from DMPA-SC scale-up and Caya® diaphragm pilot introductions in French-speaking West Africa. Presenters from Benin, Niger, and Senegal shared successes and challenges. This webinar was offered in French.

Institutional author(s): PATH, JSI, Population Services International (PSI), Association Béninoise pour le Marketing Social et la Communication pour la Santé, Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options
Publication date: February, 2022

Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA): Family Planning

PMA generates frequent, high-quality surveys monitoring key health indicators in nine countries in Africa and Asia. Data is available open-source for research, program planning, and policy-making. PMA family planning briefs provide a snapshot of select indicators through charts, graphs and tables. Key indicators for family planning include unmet need for family planning, modern contraceptive prevalence rate (​mCPR), and family planning access, equity, quality, and choice.

Institutional author(s): Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Publication date: 2021

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Must-have Family Planning Resources

This list was curated by the Knowledge SUCCESS team by asking projects funded by USAID Population and Reproductive Health to submit resources that they have developed or used.

Institutional author(s): Knowledge SUCCESS
Publication date: December, 2020

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Ready to Save Lives: Sexual and Reproductive Health Care in Emergencies

The purpose of the toolkit is to bring together existing learning and guidance as a starting point for stakeholders to begin SRH preparedness work. Within the SRH sector the field of preparedness is relatively new and growing. More collective effort is required to further evaluate the impact of preparedness efforts and push the field forward. This effort is a first attempt at synthesizing draft guidance for SRH preparedness, and is intended for field testing. The toolkit recognizes the longstanding work of the field of emergency and disaster risk management, and endeavors to bridge that work with the human rights-oriented and peoplecentered field of sexual and reproductive health.

Institutional author(s): Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)
Publication date: December, 2020

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Digital Health Compendium for family planning

This compendium aims to consolidate emerging information on applying digital technology in voluntary family planning programs to inform the adoption and scale-up of successful approaches, as well as encourage learning and adaptation from approaches that were less successful. The interactive website enables users to explore case studies across a range of digital health solutions to enhance voluntary family planning programs in low and middle-income countries.

Institutional author(s): Policy Advocacy Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE)
Publication date: October, 2020

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Optimizing the World Health Organization COVID-19 Guidance

In the publication, “Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context” the WHO outlines strategies governments should take to ensure populations retain access to essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care, during and beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic. This document, developed with the input of international nongovernmental organizations and local civil society actors to support the implementation of the WHO guidance at the country level, recommends concrete policy, programmatic and budgetary decisions to optimize and implement the WHO guidance and other relevant SRH guidelines at the national and subnational levels. As a living document, the recommendations provide a snapshot of the current context. This document is designed to be updated with new evidence and advocacy recommendations by governments, technical experts, civil society and advocates worldwide with the COVID-19 response and through recovery.

Institutional author(s): Population Action International (PAI), Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)
Publication date: October, 2020

Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context

This publication recommends practical actions that countries can take at national, subregional and local levels to reorganize and safely maintain access to high-quality, essential health services in the pandemic context. The guidance outlines strategies governments should take to ensure populations retain access to essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health care, during and beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended for decision-makers and managers at the national and subnational levels.

Institutional author(s): World Health Organization (WHO)
Publication date: June, 2020

Expanded Product Registration Toolkit

The Product Registration Toolkit helps guide the process of registering health products, like contraceptives, in low- and middle-income countries. The toolkit is a digital collection of adaptable, downloadable resources including:

  • A primer on the basics of product registration
  • A regulatory pathway decision tree
  • Checklists for various stages of the registration process
  • Tools to evaluate and track your registration application
  • Templates of commonly required documents
  • Quick reference glossary

All toolkit resources are available in English and French, with the Product Registration Basics guide in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Institutional author(s): Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options
Publication date: 2023

Contraceptive Innovation Index

To facilitate decision-making around the introduction and scale-up of contraceptive technologies, the Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) project, led by WCG Cares in partnership with PSI, and USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact teamed up to create the Contraceptive Innovation Index. On January 25, 2023, EECO and USAID hosted a webinar on the development and use of this tool; the webinar slides and recording are linked below.

Institutional author(s): Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options, USAID, Population Services International (PSI), WCG Cares
Publication date: 2023