What are K4Health Toolkits?

What is the purpose of this toolkit?

Who developed this toolkit?

What types of resources are included?

Who are the intended audiences?

How do I get started using this toolkit?


What are K4Health Toolkits?

K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.


What is the purpose of this Toolkit?


The HTSP Core Group hopes that you will find this Toolkit to be your primary source of evidence-based knowledge on HTSP and resources for integrating HTSP into your existing health and community programs and policies. The studies and resources that have been included here have been carefully selected and organized so that you can easily find the material(s) that you need, whether for advocacy, training, or health systems strengthening so that women in your community, region or country can safely delay, space or limit her pregnancies for the healthiest outcomes for women, children, families and communities.


Who developed this Toolkit? 


The Extending Service Delivery Project (ESD), in collaboration with FHI 360Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health (GU-IRH), the Maternal Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and World Vision (WVUS), along with the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, made up the Steering Committee that outlined the development of the Toolkit. HTSP Core Group members and HTSP Champions from around the world (from 32 countries and 106 organizations and projects) contributed resources to include in the Toolkit.


ESD is funded by USAID to promote family planning to underserved communities where the demand for family planning and reproductive health information and services is high. Led by Pathfinder International, the other partners include Management Sciences for Health, IntraHealth International and Meridian International.



What types of resources are included? 


The Toolkit includes research papers that discuss the evidence for the benefits of HTSP, international policy guidance from organizations such as the World Health Organization, UNFPA, and USAID, training manuals and materials, job aids, client education materials, public education materials and resources for advocating with policy makers and community members.


Who are the intended audiences?

  • Policymakers will find research and information to help set national guidelines about HTSP programs and plan for future changes in service delivery.
  • Program managers will find information and job aids to help them design, plan, and manage HTSP programs.
  • Community health workers will find tools and job aids to help them provide quality services to their clients.
  • Communication professionals can use the toolkit resources to explore strategies, media, and messages about HTSP.
  • Trainers can review the latest curricula for training community health workers on family planning and reproductive health generally and for specific contraceptive methods.

We invite you to suggest suggest a resource or adapt the resources in this toolkit to suit your local circumstances and languages.


How do I get started using this Toolkit?


To browse the content of this Toolkit, use the navigation to view resources related to key program topics. Each tab includes a list of a number of high-quality resources selected by the HTSP Toolkit Steering Committee, further organized by sub-topic. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource. 


Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (for example, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use. (Please remember to credit the source). If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us. (To make a comment about the toolkit or suggest a resource, use the feedback form.)