In clinics, communities, and villages, thousands of health workers have been trained to safely administer DMPA-SC—and support women learning to self-inject.
Country partners have gained significant experience and learning about health worker training and supervision—including how to effectively begin offering a new contraceptive method within the context of informed choice. DMPA-SC training materials comprise a range of traditional and digital resources, including presentation slides, videos, an online training course, and job aids that can be customized for the varying needs of family planning training programs.
This 32-page publication outlines the GATHER model of family planning counseling, which has been successfully used for nearly two decades and is based on the elements described including tips, illustrations, techniques, technical information, and charts.
DMPA-SC is a three-month injectable contraceptive that is easy to use and uniquely suited for self-injection. Demonstration and practice injections are a key part of training programs for both health workers and self-injection clients. Based on lessons learned in five countries, this memo summarizes PATH’s recommendations regarding devices for injection demonstration and practice, injection practice models, and waste disposal.
Counseling for Choice (C4C) is an evidence-based approach to contraceptive counseling that supports clients to decide which method is right for them. By addressing many of the root causes of unmet need for contraception and discontinuation, C4C aims to change how providers and clients participate in voluntary family planning (FP) counseling discussions. The approach comprises a thorough training in C4C techniques and the use of the Choice Book for Providers, a job aid and visual tool providers use with clients during counseling sessions.
With funding from the Catalytic Opportunity Fund (COF), JSI, Inc. evaluated the feasibility of using a low-cost training mechanism, known as OAS or “Orientation, Aide par Fiche Technique (job aid)”, to facilitate DMPA-SC scale-up among injection-experienced providers. It was piloted in four pilot districts in Madagascar, covering 76 basic health facilities.
Respondents had a very positive view of the OAS strategy and agreed it was a good alternative to more traditional training that can be scaled up in areas with injection experienced providers. The most significant impact of the OAS strategy has been correcting errors to ensure proper administration of DMPA-SC, thereby eliminating rumors and previous complaints.
This report covers the background, pilot and evaluation, results, and next steps relating to the OAS strategy in Madagascar.
Institutional Author(s): JSI, Inc.
Publication date: 2020
This checklist is a customizable tool that can be used to monitor Subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC, Sayana® Press) contraceptive self-injection programs and health worker practices. The questions can be adapted as needed to align with local program designs and guidelines. To access the MS Word version of this tool in English or French, please email FPoptions@path.org.