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The “why” and the “how” of routine data collection: Real world examples of using data from routine HMISs in policy and programming

In this session from the Making Self-Injection Count workshop, presenters discussed challenges to data use for decision-making and shared examples of how countries and programs have made data actionable in other health areas, specifically Malaria and immunization. The presentation included an example of an application of routine family planning data, including a new analysis of self-injection data from Senegal, and wrapped up with a panel Q&A focused on solutions.


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

  • Understand key principles for fostering data use for decision-making.
  • Understand how countries and programs have used routine health data for decision-making.
  • Identify strategies to overcome challenges to data use.
  • Consider data quality and understand how it can be evaluated.

Key takeaways

  • Better data will lead to better decision-making and better health outcomes.
  • Data should:
    • be subjected to quality audits.
    • be delivered in a form that works for each intended audience and in alignment with their goals.
    • be shared with those who contributed the data and who have control over how services are offered.
    • include visualizations that effectively convey key details.
    • be iterative and ongoing.
  • There is a need for standardized metrics that allow for comparability among countries.


  • Jonathan Drummey, Data Visualization Specialist, PATH
  • Fred Njobvu, Technical Advisor, Center for Digital & Data Excellence, PATH
  • Marie-Reign Rutagwera, Strategic Information Advisor, PAMO Plus, PATH
  • Jessica Williamson, Data Analyst, Track20 Project, Avenir Health

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

Injectable Contraceptive Assessment in Uganda and Nigeria

This webinar presented key findings from a two-phased research program funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Nigeria and Uganda. The first phase was a qualitative exploration within Focus Group discussions (total sample n=600 in 100 Focus Groups (n=6 per FG) across 8 different FG types and split across 2 urban and 2 rural settings per country) with women and their male partners (separately). The second phase was a quantitative survey with women (total sample n=1,410 women) split across 4 regions within each country.

The research explored several central topics:

  • The various contraceptive journeys and experiences of women and their male partners, including satisfied and discontinued users of the injectable contraceptive (Depo), satisfied users of the DMPA-SC (Sayana Press), naïve users of modern contraceptive and those using traditional methods.
  • Factors which lead to discontinuation and experiences with/perception of side effects.
  • Gauged level of acceptability and preference for certain injectable attributes, in particular the impact of DMPA-SC 3 months or a potential 6 month injectable on likelihood to try. We tested 3 fully developed concepts and vary the most impactful features from phase 1 with women.
  • Developed a forecast model for Depo, DMPA-SC 3-month and a potential 6-month injectable in Nigeria and Uganda.

Institutional author(s): Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), Routes2Results
Publication date: November, 2019

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 integration in preservice training: Lessons from Uganda

Updating family planning and reproductive health preservice training is an important approach to make an impact on the health workforce and foster successful programs. In 2021, the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative, in collaboration with Uganda’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and Sports, conducted a regional training for clinical and health training institutions on the topic of DMPA-SC including self-injection. This training integrated DMPA-SC content into the health provider preservice curriculum, trained tutors, and helped advance national scale-up of self-injection. As a result, 92 Ugandan health training institutions included self-injection content in their preservice curriculum for nurses, midwives, and clinical officers, and 190 tutors were trained—which will help ensure training of many more providers in the future.

During this process, the Access Collaborative gained valuable insights with relevance to other country contexts. This webinar held on January 27, 2022 highlighted lessons learnt, challenges, recommendations, and considerations for the inclusion of self-injection content in provider preservice training. In the Ugandan context, these include:

  • How inclusion of self-injection in preservice training can help reach FP2030 country commitments.
  • Virtual preservice training approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Costs for the inclusion of self-injection in preservice training.
  • The role of regulators and the Ministry of Health in ensuring availability of DMPA-SC for preservice training.

Institutional author(s): PATH, JSI
Publication date: January, 2022

Building capacity through digital approaches: Can eLearning replace in-person training?

Using eLearning to train health workers on family planning counseling can be an effective training approach, particularly when carefully planned and coordinated to maximize the benefits. On August 26, 2021, the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative hosted this webinar on eLearning for health workers learning to counsel clients on DMPA-SC including self-injection in Senegal and Uganda. During 2019-2020, this approach was launched and evaluated in four regions of Senegal and four districts in Uganda.

The findings and recommendations from the experiences in Senegal and Uganda may offer lessons for other countries wishing to implement digital learning approaches. The webinar presenters raised important considerations about stakeholder coordination, internet and technology access, eLearning platforms, establishing training targets, training content, and the important role of post-training supervision.

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

Webinar recording

The Catalytic Opportunity Fund for Scale-Up of DMPA-SC: Learning from high-impact, short-term funding opportunities

Over the past two years, a number of implementing partners have leveraged the Catalytic Opportunity Fund (COF) to support the scale-up of DMPA-SC in focal countries. Administered by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the COF is a rapid funding mechanism that aims to support short-term DMPA-SC scale-up activities that unlock or generate additional resources. COF grantees carry out a diverse range of activities with short-term, small grants that make significant contributions to the national introduction and scale-up of DMPA-SC in their countries.

During this DMPA-SC Learning and Action Network (LAN) knowledge-sharing webinar held on May 19, 2021, successful COF grantees representing the Society for Family Health, Pathfinder International, Marie Stopes, and Jhpiego shared about the fund’s impact on their work and key lessons learned. The virtual discussion encouraged all stakeholders—program implementers, researchers, government officials, health providers, and members of civil society—to consider applicable strategies and mechanisms for efficient, sustainable, and scalable product introduction.

For more information, please contact the Access Collaborative or the COF at

Institutional author(s): PATH, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), JSI, Society for Family Health, Pathfinder International, MSI Reproductive Choices, Jhpiego
Publication date: May, 2021