What are K4Health Toolkits?

What is the purpose of this toolkit?

Who developed this toolkit?

Who are the publishers of the resources?

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?

This Toolkit contains resources to help advocates, policy makers, program managers, service providers, and other audiences effectively integrate maternal, infant and young child nutrition and family planning (MIYCN-FP) services. 

Who developed this Toolkit?

The MIYCN-FP Integration Toolkit is a collaborative effort among Jhpiego, PATH, ICF International, Pathfinder International, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Individuals from other organizations also contributed their experience and expertise to review the toolkit and ensure its relevance and usefulness. 

Who are the publishers of the resources?

Resources selected for inclusion in this Toolkit were published by organizations working throughout the world to promote evidence-based best practices and improve the delivery of MIYCN-FP services. These organizations include USAID, WHO, MCHIP, the MIYCN-FP Technical Working Group, IYCN, AED, UNICEF, the CORE Nutrition Working Group,The Cochrane Collaboration, ACCESS-FP, and more.

What types of resources are included?

This Toolkit is not a comprehensive library of all existing materials on MIYCN or FP but is rather a strategic package of resources to guide program managers at implementing organizations, advocates, and decision makers through the processes of piloting, implementing, and scaling up integrated programs and advocating for policy change. These resources include: 

•Up-to-date global and country-specific background and reference materials to inform advocacy and assist with the design of evidence-based, state-of-the-art programs.

•Job aids, curricula, and other tools to increase the effectiveness and quality of program activities and services.

•Publications that detail key implementation processes and lessons learned.

Who are the intended audiences?

•Advocates and policymakers will find research and information to help set national guidelines about MIYCN-FP programs and plan for future changes in service delivery.

•Program managers will find information and tools to help them design, plan, implement, and scale up programs.

•Trainers can review the latest curricula for training service providers on nutrition or family planning and reproductive health generally and for specific contraceptive methods.

•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 MIYCN-FP integration. We invite you to suggest resources 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 tabs to view resources related to key topics. 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 publication. 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).