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DMPA-SC Supportive supervision toolkit

Supportive supervision plays a critical role to ensure high-performing health workers have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and motivation in order to deliver quality family planning (FP) services and informed choice counseling. This package includes three supportive supervision tools that can be used by regional or district health teams when conducting supervision visits at health facilities that offer FP services:

  1. Supportive supervision checklist to assess provision of family planning counseling
  2. Observation checklist to assess health workers counseling clients on DMPA-SC self-injection
  3. Remote supervision of family planning providers (includes family planning and self-injection)

Tools #1 and #2 can be used together or separately, depending on whether or not the supervision visits include follow-up with providers recently trained to counsel clients on DMPA-SC self-injection.

Tool #3 is intended for use in situations where in-person supervision is not possible; the supervision exercise can be conducted through phone or video. Tool #3 includes guidance and instructions for supervisors who plan to conduct supervision remotely using this tool.

The tools are intended to serve as guides and can be adapted for specific settings as needed. For more information, contact FPoptions@path.org.

Institutional Author(s): PATH, JSI, Inc.
Publication date: July, 2021

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

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

GATHER Guide to Counseling

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.

Institutional Author(s): Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHU CCP)
Publication date: December, 1998

Association Between the Quality of Contraceptive Counseling and Method Continuation: Findings From a Prospective Cohort Study in Social Franchise Clinics in Pakistan and Uganda

Quality of family planning counseling is likely associated with whether or not women continue to use the same contraceptive method over time. The Method Information Index (MII) is a widely available measure of contraceptive counseling quality but little is known about its association with rates of method continuation. Using data from a prospective cohort study of 1,998 social franchise clients in Pakistan and Uganda, we investigated the relationship between reported baseline MII and the risk of method continuation over 12 months using survival analysis and Cox proportional hazard models. Higher scores on the 3-question Method Information Index (MII)—measuring client-reported receipt of contraceptive information—was associated with continued use of family planning over 12 months. We recommend incorporating use of the MII in routine assessments of family planning service quality.

Global Health: Science and Practice. March 2019, 7(1):87-102. https://doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-18-00407

 

Institutional Author(s): Metrics for Management, Population Council, Wilfrid Laurier University, Population Services International (PSI), MSI Reproductive Choices, Makerere University
Individual Author(s): Nirali M. Chakraborty, Karen Chang, Benjamin Bellows, Karen A. Grépin, Waqas Hameed, Amanda Kalamar, Xaher Gul, Lynn Atuyambe, Dominic Montagu
Publication date: March, 2019

Journal Article Association Between the Quality of Contraceptive Counseling and Method Continuation: Findings From a Prospective Cohort Study in Social Franchise Clinics in Pakistan and Uganda

Self-Injection Feasibility and Acceptability

This brief provides an overview of PATH’s research studies assessing the feasibility and acceptability of self-injection in Uganda and Senegal.

Institutional Author(s): PATH
Publication date: January, 2018

Brief Self-Injection Feasibility and Acceptability