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Access Collaborative technical assistance resources

The DMPA-SC Access Collaborative provides data-driven technical assistance, resources, and tools that countries need for designing, implementing, and monitoring the introduction and scale up of DMPA-SC self-injection as part of an expanded range of contraceptive methods, delivered through informed choice programming.

In addition to general information and evidence on DMPA-SC, partners can access the support outlined in the menu by submitting a request through the technical assistance request form linked below. Your request can be submitted by emailing the completed form to FPoptions@path.org.

Institutional Author(s): PATH, JSI, Inc.
Publication date: December, 2020

WHO’s Essential Medicines and Health Products Information Portal

This website portal serves as a repository for full-text articles about all aspects of international drug and health product registration.

Institutional Author(s): World Health Organization (WHO)
Publication date: December, 2020

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DMPA-SC digital training resources for health workers and clients

By leveraging digital platforms, family planning programs can integrate new approaches that help reduce the costs, time, and inconvenience associated with traditional classroom training. PATH and JSI, Inc. have recently developed digital training resources for health workers and clients learning to administer DMPA-SC.

A 10-lesson DMPA-SC eLearning course for health workers is available in English and French and can be taken on computer or mobile device with internet access. Content includes an emphasis on informed choice counseling, new lessons on calculating the injection date and conducting follow-up visits, and updated information on training clients to self-inject.

In addition to the eLearning course, PATH and JSI have developed short 5- to 7-minute DMPA-SC training videos for both self-injection clients and health workers. Available in English and French, the videos can be translated or adapted to fit in program contexts.

If you are interested in introducing DMPA-SC digital training approaches in your program, please contact the Access Collaborative at FPoptions@path.org.

Institutional Author(s): PATH, JSI, Inc.
Publication date: February, 2020

Brief DMPA-SC digital training resources for health workers and clients

Task Sharing Family Planning Services to Increase Health Workforce Efficiency and Expand Access: A Strategic Planning Guide

The Task Sharing Strategic Planning Guide is intended to lead program managers, planners, and policymakers through a strategic process to determine if and how task sharing family planning (FP) services can be used to help achieve development goals. Task sharing is defined as the systematic redistribution of family planning services, including counseling and provision of contraceptive methods, to expand the range of health workers who can deliver services (WHO, 2017). Task sharing is a safe, effective, and efficient means to improve access to voluntary sexual and reproductive health services and reach national FP goals.

Institutional Author(s): High Impact Practices in Family Planning (FP HIP)
Publication date: September, 2019

Expanding Access to Injectable Contraceptives through Pharmacies Toolkit

This toolkit contains resources designed to help pharmacy associations become effective advocates and begin working to change policies in their countries. The toolkit can be adapted to advocate for any injectable contraceptive. The toolkit includes a Resource for Considering DMPA-SC.

Institutional Author(s): SHOPS Plus, USAID
Publication date: May, 2019

Tool Web page

Community-Based Access to Injectables Toolkit

This comprehensive toolkit is intended for agencies and organizations working to plan, implement, evaluate, promote, and scale up community-based access to injectables programs and to advocate for changes to national policy and service delivery guidelines.

Institutional Author(s): Knowledge for Health (K4Health)
Publication date: December, 2018

Tool Community-Based Access to Injectables Toolkit

Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers

WHO’s global family planning handbook provides high-quality, up-to-date guidance for health-care professionals working in low- and middle-income countries.

Institutional Author(s): World Health Organization (WHO)
Publication date: June, 2018

Guide Web page

Pathways of Change: How DMPA-SC Introduction May Impact a National Family Planning Program

This 4-page brief outlines a theoretical framework on what might result from adding DMPA-SC to a national family planning method mix.

Institutional Author(s): Health Policy Plus (HP+)
Publication date: December, 2017

Brief Pathways of Change: How DMPA-SC Introduction May Impact a National Family Planning Program

Collaboration helps broaden access to Pfizer’s contraceptive, Sayana® Press (medroxyprogesterone acetate)

This press release announces the price reduction of Sayana Press from $1 to $0.85 per dose in qualifying countries.

Institutional Author(s): Pfizer, Inc.
Publication date: May, 2017

Brief Collaboration helps broaden access to Pfizer’s contraceptive, Sayana® Press (medroxyprogesterone acetate)

Applying a Total Market Approach to DMPA-SC 

This 4-page policy brief describes the total market approach (TMA), an evidence-based process to identify market players and understand how they can contribute to improved access to information, products, and services for family planning. In the complex and dynamic family planning markets that exist today, TMA can help DMPA-SC achieve balanced and sustainable growth.

Institutional Author(s): Health Policy Plus (HP+)
Publication date: February, 2017

Brief Web page