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

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Digital Health to Support Family Planning Providers: Improving knowledge, capacity, and service quality

With growing evidence that technologies can yield time and resource efficiencies and improve quality of care—resulting in better patient outcomes—in 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued recommendations for digital interventions for health systems strengthening. This brief uses the WHO definition of digital health from the draft Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2024: “the field of knowledge and practice associated with the development and use of digital technologies to improve health.” The recommendations include interventions in mHealth (medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices) and eHealth (the use of information and communication technologies for health), with the most recent evidence largely focused on mHealth.

 

Institutional Author(s): High Impact Practices in Family Planning (FP HIP)
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

Remote training for contraceptive service delivery

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected the capacity of organisations to train health providers, jeopardising their ability to maintain SRH (sexual and reproductive health) services for women and girls. Due to risk of infection, movement restrictions and the diversion of medical personnel and resources away from essential services, traditional in-person trainings and assessments are no longer feasible. This learning brief summarises learning on approaches to remote training of health workers in developing countries.

Institutional Author(s): ITAD
Publication date: August, 2020

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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

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

Self-injected subcutaneous DMPA: A new frontier in advancing contraceptive access and use for women

This brief details the strong body of evidence and experience with self-injection of DMPA-SC in low-resource settings, including how the practice can reduce access-related barriers, improve contraceptive continuation, and enhance women’s autonomy.

Institutional Author(s): PATH
Publication date: October, 2019

Resources: A list of references about subcutaneous DMPA

This brief lists key references and resources from the evidence base on DMPA-SC. Pair this with the Evidence at-a-glance brief if your target decision-maker would like to have access to the data in that handout.

Institutional Author(s): PATH
Publication date: October, 2019

An overview of subcutaneous DMPA: A new type of injectable contraception that expands access and options

This brief offers quick facts on the benefits of DMPA-SC; the product’s potential for empowering women and adolescent girls; the product’s availability; and how subcutaneous DMPA is different from intramuscular DMPA (DMPA-IM).

Institutional Author(s): PATH
Publication date: October, 2019