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Getting the most out of HMIS data on contraceptive self-injection

This Making Self-Injection Count workshop session provided an overview of self-injection indicators across countries and how those can be integrated into HMIS/LMIS systems and analyzed to answer programmatic and research questions. Stories from Uganda and Nigeria highlighted common challenges in integrating self-injection indicators into these systems. Breakout rooms at the end of the session allowed participants to discuss and receive suggestions and feedback on their own HMIS/LMIS integration efforts through peer-to-peer conversations.

Objectives

By the end of this session, participants were able to:

  • Identify common self-injection indicators, challenges in integrating these indicators into HMIS/LMIS systems, and potential strategies for overcoming them.
  • Have a deeper understanding of how to match common self-injection HMIS indicators to programmatic and/or research questions and how to translate those to actionable data.

Key takeaways

  • Self-injection introduction into a national family planning program can help expand contraceptive choices and options.
  • To continuously monitor the unique contribution of self-injection to the family planning program, routine data are necessary.
  • Self-injection data use helps to inform decision-making through the identification of policy and programmatic gaps, such as:
    • Number of units for training, approval for specific cadres of providers, need for better counseling messages and tools.
  • Data and indicators to integrate in HMISes must be useful and usable.
  • There is benefit to complementing routine data with other from additional sources, e.g., research studies or surveys.
  • A proactive government is vital to the success of self-injection data integration.
  • Competing priorities and limited funding are perennial challenges to integrating self-injection in HMIS data.

Presenters

  • Alain Kabore, Regional Technical Advisor, DMPA-SC Access Collaborative, PATH
  • Allen Namagembe, Deputy Director, Uganda, DMPA-SC Access Collaborative, PATH
  • Dr. Adewole Adefalu, Country Coordinator, DMPA-SC Access Collaborative, John Snow, Inc.

Institutional author(s): PATH, JSI
Publication date: March, 2021

How self-injection contributes to contraceptive autonomy and the power of making self-injection count

This opening plenary of the Making Self-Injection Count workshop highlighted how self-injection data can help close the gender data gap by providing key information and insights on the experiences of women and adolescents. Presenters discussed how self-injection can contribute to contraceptive autonomy by enabling women and girls to make and actualize their own decisions. The session featured personal stories from a self-injection ambassador, self-injection provider, and self-injection client.

Objectives

By the end of this session, participants were able to:

  • Describe the importance of self-injection for contraceptive autonomy, and self-injection in the context of self-care.
  • Describe the landscape of self-injection data availability.
  • Understand experiences of self-injection from the lens of a provider, user, and advocate.

Key takeaways

  • While progress is being made, self-injection data availability is still limited compared to other contraceptive data sets.
  • Disaggregation by client age, district, and DMPA-SC delivery mode (self-injected vs. provider-administered DMPA-SC) is essential to DMPA-SC data tracking.
  • High-quality data systems give us insight into women’s and girls’ preferences, client access to family planning, provider training needs, and global supply management opportunities.

Presenters

  • Caitlin Corneliess, MPH, Project Director, DMPA-SC Access Collaborative
  • Fannie Kachale, Director Reproductive Health Services, Ministry of Health, Malawi
  • Briana Lucido, WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research
  • Dr. George Swomen, MD, Programme Officer of Special Projects, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN)
  • Fatimata Deme, President, Senegalese Women’s Network for the Promotion of Family Planning
  • Matilda, Volunteer, Kibalinga Health Centre in Uganda

Institutional author(s): PATH, JSI
Publication date: March, 2021

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