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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 (HIPs)
Publication date: September, 2019

DMPA-SC training videos for clients and health workers

These short training videos are intended for both self-injection clients and health workers learning to administer the contraceptive DMPA-SC. The 5-minute self-injection training video is intended for women who have made the decision to self-inject DMPA-SC in the context of informed choice counseling. The 7-minute training video is for health workers who are giving injections to women who have chosen to use DMPA-SC in the context of informed choice counseling.

If you are interested in customizing these videos for your family planning program, we can make the voiceover scripts and video files available. To request these files please email FPoptions@path.org.

Institutional author(s): PATH, JSI
Publication date: 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

How to Introduce and Scale Up DMPA-SC

Practical Guidance from PATH Based on Lessons Learned During Pilot Introduction

This guide was created to support ministry of health and nongovernmental partners as they develop strategies to introduce and scale up subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC, brand name Sayana Press) to increase contraceptive options and access. Available in English and French, the publication provides practical guidance based on results, evidence, and learning from the pilot introductions of DMPA-SC in four countries in Africa.

Institutional author(s): PATH
Publication date: 2018

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)

Bibliography: Systematic approaches for scale up of best practices

The bibliography is a curated selection of key peer-reviewed articles, reports, briefs, and other grey literature that address systematic approaches to scaling up and provides key insights to enhance understanding of the scale-up process. This resource was produced by the Community of Practice on Systematic Approaches for Scale up of Family Planning/Reproductive Health Best Practices.

Institutional author(s): Evidence to Action (E2A)
Publication date: 2017

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

The WHO Collaborative Registration Procedure for Medicines in Developing Countries

This thesis provides an in-depth review of key World Health Organization-led procedures for registering medicines in developing countries, including prequalification, the concept of essential medicines, and collaborative registration.

Institutional author(s): World Health Organization (WHO)
Individual author(s): Stefanie Haas
Publication date: June, 2015

Report The WHO Collaborative Registration Procedure for Medicines in Developing Countries