Oral contraceptives are among the most popular contraceptive methods in the world – used by more than 100 million women globally. Taken consistently and correctly, they are also among the most effective methods. This Toolkit contains resources selected by K4Health staff to help policy makers, program managers, service providers, and other audiences update, expand, or develop oral contraceptive services.
This Toolkit provides a one-stop source for reliable, relevant, and useful information pertaining to oral contraceptives. The resources were selected with health policy makers, program managers, and service providers in mind. The Toolkit contains:
- Up-to-date background and reference materials to design evidence-based, state-of-the-art programs
- Job aids and other tools to increase the effectiveness and quality of program activities and services
- PowerPoint presentations that can be downloaded and adapted to local circumstances and languages
- A variety of publication formats: books, manuals, briefs, case studies, fact sheets, newsletters, pamphlets, posters, project reports, reviews, teaching and training materials, photos, tools, and job aids
- Policy makers will find research and information to help set national guidelines about oral contraceptives and plan for future changes in service delivery.
- Program managers will find information and job aids to help them develop a strategy to respond to the demand for oral contraceptives.
- Service providers will find information and job aids to help them counsel their clients about the proper use of oral contraceptives.
- Logistics managers will find tools and resources to help maintain a steady flow of supplies and to respond quickly if shortages occur.
- Communication professionals can use the toolkit resources to explore strategies, media, and messages about oral contraceptives for potential users, current users, their partners, and communities.
- Trainers can review the latest training techniques and curricula for oral contraceptives.
- Researchers can create customized searches for scientific articles, reports, photos, and other materials relating to oral contraceptives.
FHI 360 and K4Health staff selected the resources based on a wide search for relevant published and grey literature from around the world. People from other organizations also contributed their experience and expertise to review the toolkit and ensure its relevance and usefulness:
- Elizabeth Westley, from Family Care International and chair of the International Consortium on Emergency Contraception
- Mônica Almeida, from BEMFAM
- Ricky Lu, from Jhpiego
Expanding access to and use of oral contraceptives requires a holistic approach–-involving accurate information; up-to-date policies and guidelines; high-quality training, supervision, and services; effective communication and marketing; and proper logistics. This toolkit provides information on all these elements and contains tools and resources to help you implement a variety of activities related to oral contraceptives.
To browse the content of this Toolkit, use the navigation to the right to view resources related to key program topics. You can also use the search box if you know what you are looking for or have a specific item in mind.
Resources in this Toolkit can be downloaded and adapted for teaching and training, research, advocacy, policy making, and program management purposes. Some of the tools are readily available in adaptable format (for example, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or Word documents). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use. (Please remember to credit the source.)