As demand for injectable contraceptives increases, programs need more health care workers who can provide injectables. With proper training, many cadres of health professionals, including nurses, auxiliary nurse-midwives, physicians, pharmacists, and community health workers, can give contraceptive injections safely.
A successful training workshop for contraceptive providers requires careful planning and preparation. Organizers should invite participants who can then provide cascade training to other contraceptive providers working in clinical and community-based settings. Planners and facilitators should understand the learning needs of the participants and adapt training materials and methods accordingly. Supervisors should follow-up with supportive supervision after the training sessions to ensure quality service provision. Programs should conduct refresher training sessions once the participants have had a chance to apply their new knowledge and skills in their jobs.
The Training section of the Injectables Toolkit includes a variety of up-to-date training resources, such as job aids, training models specific to injectables, and competency-based curricula. These training materials cover a range of topics, including:
- Screening clients for medical eligibility for injectable contraceptive use
- Counseling clients on contraceptive options, correct use of injectable contraceptives, how to manage side effects, and other related issues
- Expanding contraceptive access through community-based family planning services
- Designing, implementing, and evaluating training for contraceptive service providers, supervisors, and program managers
- Giving safe injections and managing waste
For other related materials, including family planning screening and counseling tools, visit the Service Delivery section of the Toolkit.
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