FP (36) Family Planning - A Global Handbook for Providers (2)

10 August, 2018

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Last week I flagged up the new publication Family Planning - A Global Handbook for Providers.


I note that the handbook has a method-centric approach: Chapter 1 is on Combined oral contraceptives, Chapter 2 is on Progestin-only pills, and so on.

I would be interested to hear from anybody who may have been involved in the production of the handbook to say a bit more about the evolution and thinking behind this approach. Perhaps it is the most logical approach, but I wonder if a more 'problem-based' approach could be used? I'm thinking, for example, that it could be useful to start with case studies of dealing with family planning needs of children, adolescents and youth, perhaps exploring how to deal with different types of personal and/or family issues. This could perhaps be followed by simple algorithms to guide providers and users on decision-making towards specific choices.

Has anyone used this or previous versions of the Handbook? I would be interested to hear your views.

Perhaps there is another publication along these lines that would complement the Handbook?

By the way, I raise these questions more to promote discussion around what information FP providers actually find most useful, and not as a criticism of the Handbook (which I find, as a non-expert, to be very clear and accessible).

Also, we haven't heard much about information resources for children and youth themselves. Can anyone recommend any resources for young people?

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning


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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 18,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on five global forums in three languages. He also currently chairs the Dgroups Foundation (www.dgroups.info), which supports 800 communities of practice on international development, health and social justice. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org